Tag Archive | unmerited grace

Hebrews 12:15 ” See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

A root of bitterness flourishes in the person that takes offense easily.  For when they feel that someone has insulted them…they react not with grace but with indignity and resentment.  And if allowed to grow, this root of bitterness leads to a wounded spirit that is of no use to God. And when this happens among Believers in a Church setting…this is when we see division and disunity.  As Believers, we need to fight for unity within the Body…not murmur, gripe, and easily take offense.

I Peter 5:10 ” And the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

“It is God Who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” (Psalm 18:32)  Yes, it’s only by God’s grace, His unearned and unmerited favor, that we are able to make it through trials and suffering.  For this verse shows that it is God, not us, that accomplishes this for Believers…to prepare, repair, and perfect us during and after troubling times for His glory.

Titus 3:4-5 ” But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”

Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God’s loving kindness towards us.  For as sinners, we have no right to claim that any of our good works will get us any closer to heaven…for they won’t.  It is only by putting our faith and trust in Jesus that we can be saved…and it is only by His unmerited grace and mercy towards us that it can happen.

Philippians 2:5 ” Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

Jesus wasn’t cocky or arrogant.  Nor was He condescending, even though He had every right to act in this manner.  Just imagine, God came down from heaven and willingly became nothing.  He humbled Himself to the lowest of social status…a slave or servant, as an example for us to follow.  Servant-hood is probably one of the hardest things to do and do well.  Our selfish human nature would rather be waited on, rather than wait on others.  And the whole humility and obedience thing is in direct contradiction with everything the world tells us to do.  But it all starts with our attitude as the verse says.  For we can bring under submission our bad attitudes and then take on the role of servant for His glory.  We can extend His grace and mercy with genuine love and concern if we become humble and obedient… with Jesus as our guide.

Ephesians 2:6-7 ” And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

God didn’t have to do it.  He didn’t have to send His one and only Son to suffer unspeakable torture and death on a cross.  But God did.  Titus 3:4-5 tells us, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”  It is only because of God’s immeasurable grace and mercy…and His incomprehensible benevolence towards us that we are able to call ourselves sons and daughters of the Most High King.    God didn’t have to do it…but He did.

Titus 2:11-12 ” For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present Age…”

I Timothy 2:3-4 tells us that God wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.  But it also tells us in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature –  have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  So whether we want to admit it or not – we know what’s right and wrong.  God’s unearned and unmerited favor is for all.  But when we reject God’s truth, we become estranged from Him, having no excuse except our selfish Will.

Romans 12:3 ” For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

Our Heavenly Father is both benevolent and altruistic when it comes to blessing us.  But we usually take that graciousness and turn it into prideful thinking.  “Look what gifts the Lord has given me!”    I Peter 4: 10-11 reminds us that we are to use those gifts to serve others, not flaunt them in front of people as trophies.  The Apostle Paul warns us here that’s it’s all about our state of mind when regarding our giftings… it’s all about gratitude, not attitude and humility, not vanity.