We often hear that God is graceful and merciful and other expressions about Grace in the Scriptures. There is an acrostic which briefly explains what Grace is in a nut shell. The letters in the word stand for G ~ God’s, R ~ Riches, A ~ At, C-~ Christ’s, E~ Expense.
- From this, we see that Grace comes from God.
- Riches are a gift of God.
- At a cost of something
- Christ is the source of the riches
- And He paid an expensive price in order to give those riches
What is the world’s definition of Grace? It can be used as a noun or as a verb.
It can mean elegance of movement, as gliding across the ice with perfection and ease.
It can mean actions can appear to be effortless. Her manners are so filled with Grace because of who she is – pleasing or attractive.
It can mean favor or goodwill. Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension.
It can be a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior: “It was only through the dean’s grace that I wasn’t expelled from school.” Synonyms: forgiveness, charity, mercifulness.
It can mean mercy; clemency; pardon: “He was saved by an act of grace from the governor.” “She was healed by the Grace and Mercy of God.” Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve. You may often hear that the Pope or Priests are referred to as “His Grace.”
How many times have we told someone; especially children,”If I have told you once, I have told you a hundred times!”
What was the point of that statement? It means this is important, and I have told you about it over and over; and you still don’t get it. In order for us to understand Grace, God has placed the word in the Bible 124 times. Doesn’t that mean that it is important?
We often tell our kids that they don’t listen – that what we say just goes right over their head – in one ear and out the other. God often tells His kids the same thing. Grace is an important part of the salvation that God gives to those who ask for it. In order to understand it more, here is a link to Bible Gateway where you can see the many times Grace is used in scripture.
Understanding Grace helps us to understand God better.
Before his death, Dr. Adrian Rogers gave three specific lessons on Grace. Three different ways that Grace was granted to those in the scripture.
He expressed how we need Grace everyday of our lives. And he gives this scripture as an example and introduction to the different ways we may find Grace from God through Christ.
This scripture tells us that when we receive Christ, we receive Grace – His unmerited love. We did not earn it nor did we purchase it. It is a free gift of God. Gifts have to be made or purchased. God made us and then He purchased us. And because we have received this gift through Christ then we in turn should use that Grace to minister to one another.
We are to be good stewards (keepers) of that precious commodity called “Grace.” And with the same Grace that God receives us – we must in turn extend it to others.
“As every man hath received the gift, even so, minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
Dr. Rogers goes on to give us three types of Grace that we may use in our lives to face, endure, or live through difficult times in our lives. This author was recently made aware of that Grace during one of the most difficult times in her life. For it was by God’s Grace that she survived.
1. “The Bible speaks of the “manifold” grace of God.
What does that mean? It means we can experience God’s grace in many ways. For instance, there is singing grace. When Paul and Silas were in prison, God gave them grace to sing (see Acts 16:25).”
Have you ever sung a song in times of grief, trouble, or persecution? I HAVE.
2. “There is speaking grace. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” God will give you the ability to talk about your troubles with His grace.”
Have you even been in a situation when every world you speak could have dire consequences? I HAVE.
3. God also gives us strengthening grace. Timothy was often sick with many infirmities. Paul told him to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1).
Have you ever been in a place where you had nothing or anything to lean on except the Grace of God? I HAVE.
Have you ever had to say, “God, I have no strength but Yours? I have no Grace but Yours. God I can only speak as You give me Grace. God I can only survived through your mercy and Grace?
Dr. Rogers ends his devotion on Grace by asking?
“Which do you need today? Singing grace? Speaking grace? Strengthening grace? All three? Spend time in the Word of God today and draw from the manifold grace of God.”
Take the time to check out the 124 times that God speaks of Grace in the Bible and store up for yourself an abundance of that Grace so when those difficult times come into your life, you will have a reservoir from which to draw from.
Dr. Adrian Rogers is no longer walking this earth with us; but has gone on to his much-deserved reward in heaven and sits at the nail scarred feet of Jesus. But his many books, sermons, and devotions will live on and minister to those who are willing to listen, hear, and accept the Grace of God.
Hardly an American alive has not at one time or another heard the song “Amazing Grace,” You may hear a beautiful rendition by “Celtic Women” on YouTube.
You may read about the story of how it came to be written at Wikipedia.
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