The Grace of God

The Grace of God

What is the difference between justice, mercy and grace?

Justice= Getting what you deserve. (You killed someone, got caught and the judge sentences you to die)
Mercy= Not getting what you deserve. (You killed someone, got caught and the judge sentences you to life in prison).
Grace= Getting what you do not deserve. (You killed someone, got caught and the judge pardons you and lets you go free)

    Grace is a gift.

Many feel that life is a gift we get from God. Every morning when we open our eyes we receive a new gift.
Some think that the abilities we have (intelligence, skills, family relations) are also gifts.
As in the old Hymn many people like to sing, God’s grace is amazing and it is meant to give us salvation.
Grace is the unmerited favor and undeserved, merciful kindness of God.

It is the duty of Christians to both know what Grace is and how we get it and also be able to share it with others.
Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.
Salvation is a gift we receive from God by faith in God that we also receive from God.
Salvation is through faith, not as a cause or condition of salvation, or as what adds anything to the blessing itself; but it is the way, or means, or instrument, which God has appointed, for the receiving and enjoying it, that so it might appear to be all of grace; and this faith is not the produce of man’s free will and power, but it is the free gift of God; and therefore salvation through it is consistent with salvation by grace; since that itself is of grace, lies entirely in receiving grace and gives all the glory to the grace of God.

Why do we need grace?
Romans 6:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 10:9-10, 13
“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” “For Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

God wants us to choose to love him. He wants us to all accept his free gift and spend eternity with him. His love for us is unconditional and everlasting.
It is the most freeing thought in the world when we come to understand that we no longer need to punish ourselves in our hopeless effort to earn God’s forgiveness. It cannot be done, period.
God offers his gift of grace to everyone, no matter how many of what kinds of sins they have committed.
He loves us so much he sent his own son to die on the cross in our place; taking the punishment we deserve upon himself.
Grace is God’s attitude towards us.


About chaplainchucks

I am an old Marine who has become a Chaplain. I love to write stories, poetry and to perform wedding ceremonies. I live in the mountains in Southern California but work near the beach. I also enjoy camping and cooking in my Dutch Ovens. I am a philosopher, gentleman, Renaissance man and great-grandfather. USMC 1976-1980 (Tank Battalion) US Army 1980-1988 (Military Intelligence) Minister license 1995
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