What is Grace? Part 1

The grace of God is absolutely amazing and life changing. But why is it that we struggle to connect to something that is so incredible? Has grace lost its meaning in our hearts, or are we realizing we never had a firm equipping as to what grace really looks like in the first place? Are we in need of a grace reboot?

What about you? Do we know what grace is, in such a way that it has an impact in your thinking, your relationships and how you approach life?

While it is so life changing, believers overlook its impact for their life on a daily basis. The work of grace brings an invitation of divine empowerment for our lives, but many don’t know what they are even looking for. And when grace shows up, it brings out an awkwardness in us, we don’t even know what to do with it. Many think that grace is too good to be true. They’ve been beaten down by powerless religion for so long, they have become used to a life that is disconnected from the vibrancy and power that grace brings to our lives.

The truth is, we often struggle to wrap our minds around grace, because we didn’t do anything to earn this gift. It is extended to us as a work of God’s absolute love for us. Love is who God is. Grace is how He delivers it. Religion has often taught us to look at ourselves with such disdain, it has actually disconnected us from the beauty of the majesty in Christ Jesus that grace shows us. Meanwhile, we beat ourselves down in self-hatred and self-condemnation all day long.

Grace brings the power of the Gospel to set us free from sin, deliver us from captivity, and frees us to live a life that is empowered to be like Christ. But even moreso, grace ushers us into a relationship journey, a walk with God that is designed to bring about transformation, but it is a journey, one built on learning to grow in grace. As we take each step, grace helps us see ourselves and the world around us with God’s heart, more and more.

Grace shows us that God is with us through thick and thin. When things ugly and messy, grace is there to meet us and walk with us to greater victory. When grace runs out from other people, God’s grace is still available. When you feel that grace runs out for yourself, God’s grace has just gotten started. But there is an absolute war over people experiencing the beauty of grace in personal and meaningful ways. The battles that so many struggle with are inflamed because we have been disconnected from how amazing grace truly is.

Many of you are here because you are recognizing your need for a deeper experience with God’s grace. My goal is not to use a lot of fancy words or theological terms that can make this subject very heady. What I want to do is extract the empowering aspects of what grace is and let it reveal how we can practically experience it. I am excited to embark on this journey together with you, as we continue to embrace the power of grace.

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

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