I have always said that one has to have/receive grace in order to experience grace to again have grace – this quality causes my endless fascination with the word, the meaning.
Favour Grace Graciousness Kindness Beauty Charm Pleasantness Attractiveness Loveliness;
I don’t know any human who would not love to possess over these qualities, to be known for all or any of them.
Grace, for me, describes God, Jesus and what He has done for me, who He is to me.
Zechariah 12:10 says that God will pour out the Spirit of GRACE and supplication on us so we can look on Him. God’s grace enables us to see Him, to receive a revelation of what it is He has done for us, how He truly and so deeply loves us.
When God planned to destroy the earth through the flood in Noah’s time, He was hurt by the people of the earth. They sinned against Him and He regretted ever creating man, but Noah found GRACE in God’s sight (Gen6:8) and God spared him and his family. This is the first place we read about how man is saved not by his works but solely by the grace of God.
So often in this life, we try and do good for God, and this is not a bad thing. Because we love God we want to do things for Him, just as you love your mother and father, husband, wife, friends you want to DO things for them. This is how we as humans have learned to show our love.
The problem comes in when we get so caught up in wanting to show our love for God so that He may look upon us, that we forget the most important thing of all, His grace.
We cannot do anything but through grace.
Isaiah 64:4 says that our best works, our righteous acts are like filthy rags in His sight, this does not imply that we should sit back and have our holy huddle and not do any good works on earth. This statement merely emphasises the fact that we are nothing, our works are nothing if it was not for the grace of God. And because we have freely received this grace and experience this mystery of grace we can and should have grace upon ourselves and our world.
When God gave the ten commandments to Moses and the Israelites, He said to love your neighbour as you love yourself – to have grace upon your neighbour as you have grace upon yourself. Leaving the starting point at having grace upon yourself. Furthermore we read in 1John4:19 We love each other because He first loved us. Again, we have grace because we first received it so now we can give it and share it and live it.
This gift of grace has always fascinated me, and I still do not fully comprehend it. All I know is that I am forever grateful for receiving grace and having the ability to have grace and be gracious.