What if it is all really simple? What if we could put our whole relationship with God in just a few simple words? What if all our deepest questions about God and our spiritual lives could be answered by two simple concepts? Well, try these:
Love is what God is.
Grace is what God does.
Oh, sure, I could complicate those much farther. I could wrap theological words around them to make your head spin. But it all seems to boil down to those two statements.
I didn’t say love is god. That’s not what the Bible says. The Bible says that God is love. As far as you and I are concerned, everything about God is love toward us.
And I didn’t say anything about the acts of grace we do for each other or some kind of gracious behavior among us. I am saying that everything God toward us and for us is grace. His provision, His protection, His guidance – it’s all grace because it comes from Him. He does it.
So, He loves you and He acts toward you with grace. He is the One who gives, because He loves; and the act of His giving is grace. From Him you and I receive all that we need by His grace and because of His love. Those who come to Jesus simply open themselves to His love and receive from His grace. That’s all we were ever asked to do.
His grace out of His love is our hope, our strength, our peace, our joy. In Him we end our striving, our worry, and our fear. In Him we are able to rest.
It’s as simple as that.