Count Your Blessings #126 – Grace

A Swallow in FlightI’m amazed that I haven’t written this one before now. Actually, if truth be known, I thought I had, but searching through it looks like I haven’t.

A few quotations to start with:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

     Amazing Grace, John Newton

“Grace…
It’s a name for a girl
It’s also a thought that, changed the world”

     Grace, U2

“Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes”

     Martin Luther

“God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”

     The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr

“a. the freely given, unmerited favour and love of God.

     Dictionary.com

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

     John 1:17

There are a myriad of books too – “What’s so Amazing about grace?“, “Amazing Grace“, “God’s Lavish Grace“, “The Grace Awakening“. Search Amazon and there are over 3,000 books in the “Religion and Spirituality” section.

I could go on – but I won’t. I just wanted to make the point that Grace is huge.

In many ways Grace is a meta-blessing, it’s beyond a blessing, it’s above a blessing. Many of the blessing that I talk about are only possible because of Grace. It is “the freely given, unmerited favour and love of God”, I receive from God favour and love that I have not merited, I have not earned and I do not deserve.

I don’t really write these posts to try and debate huge philosophical issues, I try to write from personal experience. I know that I can’t stand before God and say – “give me this because I deserve it!” – I don’t deserve it, any of it. I don’t have to look far into my life to realise that I deserve God’s contempt, but He doesn’t treat me with contempt, He treats me with love and favour.

As I look back through the previous “blessings” that I have written so many of them stories of Grace.

The fresh life that I experience comes as a gift of Grace.

Special messages from loved ones are a gift of Grace.

When I realise that things aren’t as bad as they first seemed it’s a gift of Grace.

I look around me and see all sorts of things that I don’t deserve, I am so privileged – what more can I say. I’ll leave you with some words that are thousands of years old, but just as relevant today:

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

1 Corinthians 1:3

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