"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble."
(James 4:6 KJV)
"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy."
(Psalms 103:8 KJV)
Two of the important concepts we need to understand about Our Awesome God are the characteristics of grace and mercy. Grace means to get something that you do not deserve; unmerited favor. Mercy means not being punished when you really deserve it.
"That is, grace is God doing good for us that we do not deserve. In the Bible, grace and mercy are like two heads of the same coin. Mercy is God withholding judgment or evil that I deserve; grace is God giving me blessing or good that I do not deserve. Because of God's mercy, I do not receive the judgment of God against my sins; because of God's grace, I receive eternal life and a promise of heaven though I do not deserve them. Both mercy and grace come to me though the Lord Jesus Christ...
"But not only are we saved by the grace of God--we also serve the Lord and live the Christian life by the grace of God. The letters of Paul always speak of a blessing of grace for the believers (along with peace). Just for an example, Romans 1:7 states, 'Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.' Paul is
speaking to believers who are already saved and on their way to heaven, but he also recognizes that they need grace for living the Christian life. They need God's strength and sufficiency...
"So, obviously, we also need the grace of God. We need it first of all for salvation. Without the grace of God, we cannot have eternal life. However, we also need the grace of God for our daily walk with God. We are weak and prone to stray. Jesus told us that we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5). But God provides daily strength through His grace working in us. We should seek this grace for living from him. Then, we should believe that He will provide what He has promised and walk with assurance that His grace is working in us." This was exerpted from, "What is Grace?" by David Reagan on the Internet at http://www.learnthebible.org/what-is-grace.html
Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study at 6:00 PM along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill