Grace is the opposite of karma, which is all about getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. – Justin Holcomb
Grace is God’s free and undeserved help so that we can react to his call to share in his divine existence and achieve eternal life. The grace of God, as a gift provided by God, does not remove or limit our freedom; rather, it perfects our freedom and helps us to overcome the limiting force of sin, the real barrier to our freedom. We call the Holy Spirit’s to obtain grace through belief in the New Law of Jesus Christ. Considerable statements of this Law as revealed in the Sermon on the Mount of Christ and his Last Supper speech, emphasizes union with him in love as the substance and purpose of his law of grace.
In other words, grace is the most significant ideal in the Bible, and among Protestants, Catholics, and the world. It is articulated most obviously in God’s promises brought to light in the Scriptures and embodied in Christ Jesus. Grace is God’s love for the unlovely; God’s peace for the restless; God’s unmerited favor.
So, how do we really understand that God speaks to us from within, not our aspirations, our jealousy, or our selfishness? How did Abraham understand that he experienced God and not some other emotion that led him to slaughter his son? There are abundant signs and omens in Holy Writ. External clues are dangerously bordering on superstition about God’s plans for us.
In early religion, priests would study animal (or people’s) innards or stars to imagine the gods’ intentions. Sometimes people will randomly open the Bible to a page and believe that what they are reading is God’s message. The answer to ‘who’ is talking to us only lies within us.
We experience God alone when we feel the power of his love. We Christians call it grace. After an emotional experience with God, this protective force lingers within. When we search profoundly for God for our hearts and minds, we will experience this strength that human feelings can only imitate.
The grace of God renews our soul, cleanses our conscience, liberates our minds, solidifies our faith, directs our will to goodness, warms our hearts with real love, raises our ideas, and revives all our nature. As many holy men and women have witnessed, God’s grace gives so much peace and happiness to the human soul that in comparison with it, earthly benefits and pleasures seem trifling.
The grace of God has the exceptional power of renewal. This becomes evident in the deep internal and external transformations taking place in the individual who opened his and her heart to God. We can refer to the Apostles as the most vivid instance. Jesus recognized them as fishermen, tax collector, and physicians.
Yet when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they became so spiritually enriched and acquired such wisdom and power that they introduced their faith to farmers, philosophers, and nobles. Their words, inspired by the grace of God, penetrated the hardest hearts: they urged sinners to repentance, the conceited to righteousness, and pointed those who had lost heart to diligence.
According to the wealth of God’s grace, we obtain forgiveness. Grace drives us to our sanctification. Paul informs us, “God’s grace has appeared to bring salvation to all men, to train us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live life of self-control, upright, and godly” (Titus 2:11). Spiritual growth does not occur overnight; we “develop in the grace and understanding of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 2:18). Grace turns our desires, our motives, and our behavior.
In essence, God’s grace rests on and empowers everything in the Christian’s life.
God’s grace gospel is the message that all need. From every page of the Bible, the word of grace is declared and finally disclosed in Jesus Christ. The last verse of the Bible sums up the message from Genesis to the Book of Revalations, and it reads: “Lord Jesus, grace be with all” (Revelations 22:21). Through Jesus “we all got grace upon grace” (John 1:16)— God’s grace that is free and undomesticated.