Embracing the grace of God
By Latasha Ransome
I especially love teachings that expound on the grace and mercy of God. Such teachings help hearers understand Gods’ non partial, compassionate and immutable nature. It also puts to rest whose righteousness, (good acts and /or deeds) results in our acceptance by God.
Of course in the heart of the believer, this righteousness, or one and final act, was done through Jesus Christ. His finished work at the cross, Scriptural reference, Romans 5:19. He alone gloats, if you will, in being good enough or God enough to restore humanity once and for all.
Yet, the confusion of how His life impacts us directly, often comes to mind. In other words since Christ did the work to get me saved, how I can become Christ like, often defined for the term Christian.
The simple and only answer is through the same perfect power that kept Him, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit teaches us to embrace the grace of God and transforms us into the image of God as a result of it. He is, as Christ states in John 15:26, the comforter and guider of truth.
He not only leads us, but He preserves us. How amazing is that? Scriptural references, 2nd Timothy 1:14; Ephesians 3:20. God not only saves us through His plan of restoration, Christ Jesus, but He also helps us grow in Him. Yet, such dependency on God can be challenging.
Part of the role of the Holy Spirt is to make us new, Scriptural reference, 2nd Corinthians 5:17. Thus, if we have been living according to our thoughts, feels or cravings the No’s to such desires will sometimes be uncomfortable.
Thankfully, God’s patience is also unconditional and He will continue to work on us and with us to become His best. I pray that this message encourages you. Know that God is committed to finishing the good work in you, as profoundly stated in one of my favorite Scriptures,
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
God bless and thanks for reading.