There is knowledge that informs you and knowledge that changes you. I know about God’s grace. I have experienced it. I live in it whether I realize it or not. But when I meditate upon the grace of God, it becomes knowledge that changes my perspective and my actions.
This morning as I was reading from my devotional, I was again struck by the immensity and intensity of God’s grace. Consider this statement from Jerry Bridges: “Grace is God’s free and unmerited favor shown to guilty sinners who deserve only judgment. It is the love of God shown to the unlovely. It is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.”
Is this the grace you know? Is this the grace you have experienced? Is this the grace you live in day by day? If you are trying to earn God’s love by your lifestyle, you are deceiving yourself. He already loves you. He may not love your actions – in fact, they may break His heart – but His love for you is not diminished in the slightest. Surely God’s grace is not a license to sin, but it is our standing before a holy God. If we had to earn the right to stand before Him, we would be hopeless … utterly hopeless.
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)