We can all extend grace toward others, but when the word grace is used in connection with God, it takes on a more powerful meaning. Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us. It is God’s kindness to the undeserving. In Ephesians 2:8, the scripture tells us, “For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves,” meaning the only way any of us can enter into a relationship with God is will be by His grace toward us. Grace began in the “Garden of Eden” when God punished the snake to cover the sins of both Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). God could have put away both Adam and Eve for their disobedience. Rather than destroying them, He chose to make a way for them to be right with Him.
That pattern of grace continued throughout the “Old Testament” when God instituted blood sacrifices as an atonement for sinful men. It was not the physical blood of those sacrifices that cleansed sinners; it was the grace of God that forgave those who trusted in Him (Hebrews 10:4; Genesis 15:6). Sinful men showed their faith by offering sacrifices that God required of them. The apostle Paul began many of his letters with the phrase, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:3). God is the instigator of grace, and it is from Him that all other grace flows.
God shows both mercy and grace, but they are not the same. Mercy withholds a punishment we deserve; grace gives a blessing we do not deserve. In mercy, God chose to cancel our sins by sacrificing His perfect Son in our place (Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21). He also goes even further than mercy and extends grace to His enemies (Romans 5:10). Grace is God giving the greatest treasure to the least deserving
—which is every one of us!
Remember, God will bless you more abundantly!