Thursday, April 5, 2007

Grace

For Christians, grace has nothing to do with beauty, charm, or being a good dancer. Those are, quite literally, pagan ideas of grace. In the Bible, grace is a free gift from God. It’s not something God gives us for following his instructions or being his friend or taking an afternoon to go look at resort properties. It’s a gift we haven’t earned and don’t deserve.

It’s also how Christians are saved—as a gift, unearned. Christians sometimes argue about when we’re saved: when we believed, when we repented, or when we were baptized? Here’s the answer. We were saved, by grace, when Jesus died on the cross. We were saved, by grace, before the foundation of the world. By grace—I still don’t fully understand what that means. But I know beyond a doubt it’s true.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

6 comments:

Vicki said...

Like your 'daily dose' here, Milton. And always love hearing about grace. Needing it more all the time.

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for saying so, Vicki. Peace.

Keith Brenton said...

You and I must be thinking on the same track today ... I just posted By Grace Through Faith, Expressed in Works? a little while ago.

(Loved the "Separated at Birth" pix.)

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Keith. I really enjoyed your post. It's a keeper.

John said...

Milton, this is a good wee daily dose!

Grace is with us in rich abundance and blessing as we love Jesus, and hang on to his love, with a grip of faith that is unwavering.

Be encouraged!
GBYAY

Anonymous said...

Amen, John.

Milton