25 Days of Grace (Day 5) What is Grace?

TODAY’S TRUTH:

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:44-45).

“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45

“The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” (Psalm 145:9).

“God is kind (even) to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:35).

“He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy” (Acts 14:17).

The moment we are born we are immersed in the vast ocean of God’s grace. It is a beautiful, common grace God lavishes on sinful men, gifts of grace such as:
» fresh spring days
» a soft rain
» a kiss from a loved one
» the smell of hamburgers grilling
» a warm shower
» the ability to forgive — and breathe

Grace gifts from a loving Heavenly Father, and evidence that God extends His grace to all mankind. He draws us, He calls us by name, and we decide whether or not to go deeper into His ocean of grace. Once we choose to wade into these waters, we find that His grace saturates us, holds us, and carries us through every moment. We become ever aware of how lost we are without God’s grace.

Then it happens: a loved one dies, a child rebels, health fails, a job is suddenly no more. Hope begins to slip and we forget about our experience in that deep ocean. When we find ourselves the most desperate, a rescue comes in the form of a powerful wave! It overwhelms and takes our breath away, this rolling wave of grace that fills us completely with breath and life and strength and calm. We are lifted and carried tenderly through the worst days by His grace. This is reason to celebrate! Let’s lift our hands and shout, “Amazing! Amazing grace!”

Pure gift—God’s grace.

What is Grace?
To help us understand a little bit of what this gift of grace actually entails, I did a little research to learn more about the different kinds of grace. Honestly, there was too much for me to write about here, but I wanted to share a few examples so that we might have a clearer understanding. I believe that as we grow in our understanding of the grace that is poured out on us on a daily basis, we will begin to view our children in a different light.

A simple definition would be: “The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” The key words here are: “free” and “unmerited”. There is nothing we can do to earn this gift. Nothing! It’s is a gift that is offered freely for us to accept.

Today we will talk about what is called common grace or “special grace”. In my opinion, this is one of the most amazing aspects of grace because it is the grace that God pours out that is enjoyed by believers and non-believers alike. His good will, kindness, and the benefits that he allows all mankind to enjoy.

Wayne Grudem says, “Common grace is the grace of God by which he gives people innumerable blessings that are not part of salvation. The word common here means something that is common to all people and is not restricted to believers​ only.​”

Here are some scriptures that ​further ​explain Common Grace:
“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45

“The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” (Psalm 145:9).

“God is kind (even) to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:35).

“He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy” (Acts 14:17).

Isn’t that amazing? Before we even knew him, he was showering us daily with his grace. Infact, since he chose to shower us with grace before we even knew him, he was literally showering his grace upon the lives of his enemies!  Think about that. That’s right. We were once his ENEMIES and he showered us with grace.

If the God of the universe could shower his children with grace–the very children who decided to rebel against him and become his enemies–then every Christian parent’s goal should be to do the same for our own children. For they too  have been born into a sinful world and  are desperately in need of a Savior.

We can live out the heart of our Father so that they might be pointed to him.

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REFLECT AND APPLY:

Let’s take some time, right now, ​to thank God ​for this​ amazing ​gift of common grace​! ​

Father, Thank you for how you love the whole world and that you show patience and kindness, even to those who will ultimately reject you. Please help me to know how to imitate this kind of love to those in my home, and please enable me to view my children the way that you view your children. Amen.

**This 25 Day journey is based on my book “Grace Gifts: Celebrating Your Children Every Day“. You do not need the book to go through “25 Days of Grace“, but if you are interested, you can purchase a copy HERE!