It’s Monday Grace!
I have studied and taught the idea of grace for a long time. I would consider myself a “grace teacher.” I even have an advanced degree in theology. But defining grace is beyond me. There’s a reason for that.
You see, grace is more than an idea or a concept. It is more than a theological or doctrinal tenet. Grace is directly (and inseparably) related to God. And God is a Person. A person is far more complex, more mysterious, than a theological concept.
Of course, when pushed, I have to come up with some kind of definition of grace. I usually say, “Grace is what God does.” That covers all I need in my life and all you need in yours. Sometimes, if I have more space, I will say, “Grace is what God does for us.” If I want to sound theological, I say, “Grace is the activity of God’s love.”
God loves us. He loves us so much that He is active in our lives and in our world. If we learn anything from the Bible, we must learn that God is concerned about the people of His creation. He created things good for us. He was hurt when we turned away from Him. He works to call people back to Himself. He welcomes those who come to Him with an open heart. All of this is grace.
Everything you and I need for “life and godliness” is given to us as a gift in Jesus. Think about that. All that God requires of you, He has given to you. Righteousness, justification, holiness—they all come through Jesus. All are gifts found in our relationship with Him.
That leads some to teach that “grace is a Person.” They are right. Jesus came out of the activity of God’s love for you and me. Jesus is the love of God. The teachings, the miracles, the cross, the resurrection, the eternal reign—all the things Jesus did—came out of the love of God for us. Today, Jesus is with us as our Friend, our Brother, our Savior, and our King. All because of the love God has for us.
It’s all grace, but listen: the point is that it is all for you. God loves you.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.
2 Peter 1:2-3