Scripture reading: Psalm 84
Key verse: Psalm 84:11
The Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
Many Christians have no trouble confessing their salvation through faith in God’s grace, but many Christians at the same time do not understand that they are to live in God’s grace.
Romans 5:1–2 (nasb) states: “Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”
Notice that believers “stand” in God’s grace, meaning it remains with us in our daily walk. It was a gift in the beginning, when you accepted Christ, and it is a lasting gift to you every day. You can add nothing to His grace. Since it is a gift, you owe God nothing. Besides, you could never repay Him for the death of His Son or for loving you enough to justify you into His fellowship. Grace is God’s kindness and graciousness toward humanity regardless of our worthiness and the fact that no one deserves it.
Trying to repay God by doing good works or by drawing an imaginary line, however noble the intention, is an ill-conceived idea. Accept God’s grace as evidence of His love for you because that is exactly what it is: unconditional, undeserved love. All He wants is your love in return. Works and obedience naturally follow as sweet by-products.
Oh, God, thank You for the grace You extended to me, even though I didn’t deserve it. I love You!