Can grace be defined?
We at World Prayr, have realized that grace can be a difficult concept to grasp. At times it can be confusing to many. It is for this reason that, in a simple way, we have written “Walking in God’s Grace….Practical Answers to Tough Questions” in a question and answer format, so it is easily understood and very easy to follow.
Enjoy this excerpt from Walking in Grace;
“All of us are just moments away from the train named Eternity running us over as we lie tied to the railroad tracks of condemnation by ropes of our making. (We are condemned to spend eternity away from God because we fall short of God’s character of perfection.) These ropes are made by the choices that we make that are contrary to the choices God wants us to make. We willingly make these choices revealing that we are not capable of living how we were designed to live. These choices are what is known as sin or man’s continued failure to meet the standards of God, which is perfection.
Our sins that have left us with no hope but to spend an eternity away from the One who is deeply passionate about us. Sins that have condemned us and left us destined to an eternity with no hope of life.
Helplessly and hopelessly we lie on those tracks held hostage by our sins until someone tells us, that while the Creator of the universe demands a ransom, one that we are unable to pay, no matter how good a life we live. The ransom God demands is to satisfy his need for justice because we constantly fall short of God’s perfection. Yet, because of the Creator’s great mercy and passionate love for us, He has paid the ransom!
We are told in the Bible (which is His Word) that He paid it because of His desire to showcase His greatness, His unconquerable goodness and generosity and His love towards us. The cost of this ransom was the highest ever paid — the life of His Son. The sacrifice that paid the ransom was perfect and needed no additional sacrifices, so there is no cost to us who have been saved and given new hope.”
There grace is defined. God’s love is the reason He has given us hope, where only eternal separation from God once existed. It is a hope of freedom that comes not from merit but from sacrifice, and not our sacrifice, but Christ’s. The hope and freedom is offered to condemned slaves, not because they earned it, but precisely because they could not earn it. We are the condemned slaves who not only have been condemned by the guilt of our failure to meet God’s standard, but are tied to the chains of 8 Questions and Answers shame from the wrong choices we make. We are also chained and enslaved to serve nothing but ourselves and Satan.
Here in the stanza of an old hymn, we find the simplicity and power of God’s love for us.
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