Before we talk about why we need grace, it is important to understand what it is. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (Webster was a Christian, and his definitions are wonderful) grace is:
“Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.”
So, let’s break this down.
First of all, none of us deserves grace. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Grace is a gift that is given to us from God.
Grace is also help from God to live this life successfully. It is the strength that we are given to overcome anything that stops us from living a full life.
Third, grace helps to keep us spiritually clean. It is a reminder that we sin and only God can sanctify us. Grace is what helps us to resist temptation and grow in God.
Why do we need grace?
So why do we need grace? Because we can’t live without it. Let me share with you a story from my own life. Most of my growing up years, I felt invisible and unworthy. I was only noticed when someone needed something.
At 17 I got saved, and for the first time in my life, I began to see that I had worth, Immediately the enemy tried to steal that from me. Attacks came that were designed to make me feel useless and I had a choice: I could give up on my God or hold on with everything in me and continue on.
It was hard, but I knew what the right choice was to hold on. I asked God to help me, and during the times I felt the weakness, I felt God in my heart encouraging me on. It was just what I need to keep going and grow.
Throughout my almost 30 years of being saved, there have been many times that I have come to place where God wanted to break through something in my life. Each of those times was difficult and I faced many challenges. Every single time, the enemy tried to discourage me and keep me from moving forward but God was faithful, and it was His grace that caused the breakthrough to happen.
Here is the thing about grace. It loves courage. God never forces you to do anything. He gives you choices and dares you to have the courage to trust Him. When you take that first step towards God, His grace comes rushing towards you and gives you the strength to continue to success.
I have learned to trust God’s grace and each time I do, it grows stronger in my life and it will, in your life as well.
~ By Kim Thompson-Pinder