Understanding Grace Part Four
by Curt Klingeman
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Grace enables us to focus on our relationship with God instead of dead works. It gives us to room to grow in it, as forgiveness is part of grace and connected to mercy. It allows us to walk as a toddler who in turn grows to maturity. Grace gives us room to make mistakes while helping us maintain our position in Christ Jesus. Just as a small child will make mistakes growing up, he still maintains his identity as a family member. When he is learning to walk, he is not ridiculed for falling down; rather, he is encouraged to keep trying. The child is not concerned about displeasing his parents; he is focused on walking. What happens when a toddler trips over his own feet? The parents pick him up, comfort him, and encourage him to walk again. Where do you think parents get that? It comes from our Father Who has given us the grace to walk. Parents often hold their young child’s hand to guide and keep him steady. That is what the Father does with us. Focus on the walk; not the fall. Focus on the relationship; not trying to earn it. Your importance is not based on performance; it is based on His love for you.
Grace maintains peace in our heart. As long as we walk by grace through faith, we have peace with God. That means our works are the result of the relationship (see Ephesians 2:8-10). If we try to earn or maintain the relationship through our works, we fall from grace. Galatians 5:1-4 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace (KJV). Scripture makes it clear that if we keep one part of the Law, we must keep all of it. Peace is supposed to rule in our hearts (see Colossians 3:15). If we do not allow the Spirit to lead us instead of the flesh, peace will not rule. Peace is part of the Fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-25). Therefore, if you lack peace, examine your heart by the Holy Spirit’s leading. Are you taking things on you are not so supposed to? Are you trying to do things in your own strength? Remember, faith pleases God (see Hebrews 11:6), and “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Because of His grace we can walk by faith.
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