We have discussed Grace before, but it is a subject that des erves another glance. So, let’s begin to not only glance but set our gaze steady on the word and discover some of its attributes.
Grace, the divine influence upon the heart and the reflection of it in and on our lives. Graciousness as in gratifying benefit, favor, gift, joy, pleasure. Grace as the ability of God to us. Grace is like electricity to a building, it’s available all the time, but you must tap into it, flip the switch on or plug into it. It powers many different things, lights, fan, sound systems, heat, cold, etc…
So, God’s Grace is available to us and will influence every area of our lives according to how we yield to it. If all we do is utilize God’s Grace as a tool to forgiveness of our sins and getting into heaven, then that’s all we will get but there is so much more to its power.
There’s saving Grace, God’s power working in our lives that makes us a new creature. Then there’s Grace as a gift. A good illustration of this would be when Mrs. Wilson gave Dennis the Menace cookies, not because he had been good but because she was good. Ephesians 2:8 says “For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
And let’s not forget about sanctifying Grace, God’s power working in us helping us live holy lives. Holy simply meaning set apart or dedicated to God. Grace is not divine permission to do wrong but rather divine power to do what’s right. The bible gives us a good definition in Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world.”