E....Emmanuel, God with Us
R...Reality of Truth
Amazing grace is the gift foundational to our faith and central to the mystery of the gospel. Songs and books and volumes of books have been written about grace. My book, The Rose Calico Journal, focuses on grace well-lived, a "challenge to delve deeper into the sustaining grace of a Lord who never fails." For this blog, I will give you some bits from my book, and as you read, consider this: What does grace mean to you? Have you stepped into the fullness of God's grace? Have you allowed His grace to define your life?
"'Mama opened the door and the sun shone like it is today, through here from the kitchen. Papa tossed me up into the air and said, 'Now, isn't that just like God's grace? He's already here and waiting for us.'....Funny what makes a mark on a body. That moment sealed something in my mind, and every time I opened the door to the sunshine, I'd hear a whisper, 'God's grace is like that sunbeam.' I didn't only hear the words though, Becca, it was if I could feel God's arms around me.'"
"Salvation, and all that we need, is free, a gift of God's grace. Finding what we need, however, requires an action on our part, a response of faith, a receiving—a 'moving into' the place where we feel the warmth of His light on our faces."
"Grace is undeserved favor and unmerited mercy." —but so much more too.
"'I realized that being 'unfathomable' is part of what grace is. Grace just doesn't make sense to our minds; and yet it is Christ's greatest expression of love. It is the power God has given us to stand.'
The story of Philemon and Onesimus demonstrates this well . A runaway slave, who had achieved freedom, returning to a master who could possibly have him killed, or at the very least, enslave him again? A rich man, risking the rule he had over many slaves by freeing one who had disobeyed, run away, and stolen from him? Both Philemon and Onesimus had been wronged. In our way of thinking, reconciliation was not only impossible, it was undesirable. Retribution makes more sense to us. However, Paul convinced Onesimus that reconciliation was not only possible, it was worth risking his life."
"Grace is not a natural response, but operating in grace is the most powerful testimony of the gospel. Grace puzzles people, draws people—Grace answers questions people think have no answer. Grace truly reflects our Savior and bear witness to the transforming miracle of new life in Him."
."God's grace has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11). The Word, full of grace and truth, lived among us (John 1:14). He, Jesus Christ, became poor for our sakes even though He was rich, so that we in our poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). This is the grace of our Lord by which we are saved through faith and accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 2:8-9, 1:6)."