Grace. We describe it with words like ‘amazing,” and it is! But what is grace? Grace has more than one meaning. It is beauty, favor, loving-kindness, empowerment, and mercy all rolled up into one word. It is God giving us what we need instead of what we deserve. It is blessings, gifts, and goodness from God. It cannot be earned. It cannot be bought. There’s nothing we could ever to do deserve it. It’s freely given from the heart and hand of God to everyone. It’s God loving us before we had a thought of loving Him. It’s God providing for us whether we recognize Him as our provider or not. It’s God offering us forgiveness, life, peace, wholeness, relationship with Him. The Christian life all starts with God giving grace.
We receive grace corporately, which is one of the things that happen when God’s people get together for worship. We receive grace through prayer, the preached Word, and through the sacraments of baptism and communion.
We also receive grace personally, which is the reason Jesus-followers do things like pray and spend time reading the Bible every day. We do that because it puts us in a great position to receive grace from God, and we know we need it! At Grace Nazarene, the first symbol in our logo is a cross. This points to the greatest act of God’s mercy and grace ever shown. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. That’s grace. The Cross is a constant reminder that it all starts with God’s grace given to us. Everything else in the life of a Christ-follower is a response to this incredible, amazing grace.