Is “unmerited” really unmerited?
Every believer I know agrees that a short definition of grace is “unmerited favor.” However most believers don’t really believe what they say.
If grace is unmerited, then the extension of grace isn’t based in what you do.
Grace is never extended because of your good behaviors. God never extends grace to you because you live morally, give generously, pray regularly, read your Bible daily, go to church weekly, serve joyfully, or any other good behavior.
Grace is never withheld because of your bad behaviors. The Bible clearly says, “where sin increased – grace abounded all the more (Rom. 5:20)” The Bible is full of examples of bad people receiving grace.
If grace is unmerited, then what can you do? You can make Jesus you point of confidence for life.
Rom. 5:2 says, “Through (Jesus) we have also obtained access by faith (not behaviors) into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” — Maybe you better read that again and let it sink in. I’ll wait. Maybe you better read it one more time. :-)
Stop making behaviors your point of confidence
and believe in Jesus.
Love Jesus because of free grace.
Do you have any thoughts about how can we learn to stop trusting ourselves and place our confidence in Jesus alone?
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