“But by the grace of God I am what I am,
and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than
all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
1 COR. 15:10
Grace has become a popular message recently. Actually the so called “grace message” has been used as a free pass from living a godly life. The Pauline message of grace does exactly the opposite. It not only reveals Christ to our hearts and His incredible love for sinners, it also delivers us from the shackles of a sinful lifestyle that has kept so many from living a holy life. I recently read a devotion from A. B. Simpson that spoke about this grace, here is a small sample.
“The word grace may be used in two senses. First, it points to the free and undeserved blessings bestowed on us by God, upon which we can always reckon and for which we should thank Him daily. Second, the word may be used of the divine power with which this compassionate love works within us. Grace is not merely an attribute of God, but a life power which works in us every day and every hour, giving us the power to do God’s will.
Paul speaks of the goodness of God that made him, all undeserving, what he was. The grace that God bestowed on Paul was not in vain, because Paul worked “harder than all of them” in the service of the Lord. The divine power within him enabled him to do the work.”
The common definition of grace is the undeserved favor of God. That is true but doesn’t go near far enough. The second part of the definition should include the supernatural influence of God on our souls. Grace is amazing because it opens our eyes to the reality of God working toward us, in us, and through us. It is grace that delivers us from sin. How does that happen? Grace makes Christ attractive and irresistible to us. This strange attractiveness deepens as we draw near to God. It actually brings us into a place of joy that flows out of this life of intimacy with God. It is this indescribable joy that delivers us from the foolish joys of this present life. Rather than giving us a free pass to sin, grace reveals sin for what it is; disgusting. So if you have been struggling with compromise don’t buy in to the cheap version of grace that has no power to liberate, it actually makes you more vulnerable to sin. Drink from the historic cup of amazing grace, sin will quickly lose its power over you.