In today’s study, Selwyn discusses ‘what we mean by grace’.
He writes; ” … grace is God’s unmerited favour … grace is God’s redeeming love … Grace is the strength God gives us which enables us to live or do as Jesus would do, were He in our situation.”
Essentially, grace is the ‘working out’ of God’s love for His people; a love that poured out upon us (and continues to gush over us), while we were still sinners and we lived in a state of open rebellion.
I believe Selwyn is right when he says: ” … nothing can happen in your life today for which divine strength will not be given. Through God’s grace we can face anything that comes providing, of course, we are open to receive it.”
In Titus 2:11-14 (NIV), we read: “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.
It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
I couldn’t express it any better – this is the purpose of God’s grace – ‘to prepare for Himself a people, who are eager to do what is good’.
At the beginning of this New Year – will you resolve, by the help of God’s grace, to say ‘No’ to the selfish ways of this world; and to live like Jesus – eager to do what is good? It’s about following Jesus, knowing that nothing can separate us from His love, and trusting that His abundant grace is always available to help us in our times of need.
The following verses taken from today’s reading, is an excellent summary (Hebrews 4: 14-16, NIV): ” … Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”