We often associate God's grace with how bad people are. You know the hymn, "Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me." Well, we are not all wretches, but no matter how good people are, they are still in need of His grace.
No one is so bad that he or she is undeserving of God's grace, and no one is so good that a person deserves His grace. Scripture says in Romans 3:10, "There is none righteous, not even one." This is stated further in Isaish 64:6.
"For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filty garment..." Righteous deeds include anything that could be defined as right, just, moral, done to please God, being a good person, living the best life possible, and helping the poor and needy. Why then does the Bible say all of this is filty and unclean?
The answer is found in Genesis 15:6. "Then he believed in the Lord, and He reckoned it to him as righteousness." The small "he" refers to Abram of the Old Testament, but we could all insert our own names in that place.
All righteous acts done without belief in the Lord Jesus Christ are nothing more than earthly deeds done in our sinful flesh. Our righteousness and good deeds are not good enough in God's sight for salvation or to be pleasing to Him, apart from a personal relationship with Jesus. "Without faith it is impossible to please God." (Hebrews 11:6) We must be declared righteous by God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. This is grace.
None of us must never allow ourselves to take God's grace for granted, no matter how good we think we are, or how religious, or "Christian" we view ourselves. We all need a constant reminder of God's matchless and unlimited grace.
How mindful are we of how God works in our lives from day to day? Other times we are not even aware of how His grace plays out. Lord, thank you for your grace, for without it I do not know where I would be.
Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, that no one should boast."
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