Scripture Reading: Romans 5:12–21
Key Verse: Romans 5:17
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Imagine being approached with this inquiry: “I don’t know anything about God. Would you describe Him to me?” How would you explain to that person what God is like? When the conversation was over, how would the person walk away? Would he or she be discouraged about ever having a relationship with the Lord, or confident and assured about being able to have a permanent, personal relationship with God?
There is a lot of confusion, even among believers, about who God is. Some, thinking He’s a God of judgment and vengeance, live in fear of Him. That belief can leave us doubting and afraid, wondering exactly what would cause God to stop loving us.
Scripture reveals the truth: He is the God of grace. Grace is God’s goodness and kindness that is lavishly shown toward us, and it has two amazing qualities.
First, it is given to us regardless of whether we deserve it. Our good works or stellar personal qualities cannot bring us God’s grace, nor can our failures cause God to withdraw it. We look at grades, scorecards, and performance appraisals in determining who receives what, but God does not look at merit. Amazing, but true.
Second, grace is given freely to us. There is no cost. Our world does not operate this way, but our God does. Not only at the point of salvation but throughout our Christian life, we are invited to come as we are, acknowledge our sinfulness, and receive forgiveness and God’s grace.
Lord, I come just as I am with assurance that You will receive me, forgive me, and bestow Your grace upon me.