What is Grace? | Northlands Church

What is Grace?

by: Laura Boal

Grace means God is reaching out to us!

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. … For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:14-17, ESV

Have you ever wondered what God is like? Is He an ill-tempered old man, glaring down at us from Heaven while He checks a massive rule book? Maybe you believed He’s much too busy running the universe to notice you and your problems.

If you ever thought those things, you were wrong!

Jesus said, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” Then He went about doing good. He met people who were hurting, saw through all their nonsense and loved them anyway. Then He healed them and set them free. He brought laughter, joy and love into their lives. He unlocked potential in them that nobody else could see. Scripture says, “He was full of grace and truth.”

Grace is the way God reaches out to us. It’s an extension of His nature and it flows from His presence. Grace means the real Master of the Universe, the source of true life, joy and freedom, strength, wisdom and power, is reaching out to you right now. A smile lights His face and He’s inviting you: “Come!”

Will you come?

Encountering God’s grace will launch you on the greatest adventure of your life. It will change you; make no mistake about that. You may let go of old habits and develop new priorities—not because you’re afraid of an angry God, but because you’re running flat-out towards the One who really loves you. In the midst of that, you’ll discover something amazing. Instead of becoming a boring, cookie-cutter replica of a “nice” person (not that there’s anything wrong with “nice”) you’ll discover you’re on the way to becoming the real you, the person you were meant to be, and you’re happier than ever. Good times and even hard times will be different because you’ll never face them alone.

You were meant to live in constant connection with the Lord—plugged into the greatest power source in the universe. Now, because of what Jesus has done, you can live that way every single day because your relationship with God is secure.

And that’s what God is like. He’s full of grace.

Prayer

Lord God, I’m turning towards You right now because I want to be plugged into You. I want to know You like that. Will You meet me with Your grace?


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