What would we have if it weren’t for grace? Where would we be? Only through grace can we receive God’s love, and be forgiven for our mistakes. In His grace, He sent His son to die for us, so we would be saved forever. It is through His grace that we receive hope and peace for the day. Grace is in our name because we cannot live a balanced life without it! Read below to see how much of an impact God’s grace has had on the team at Grit and Grace Life.
Verses that teach us about grace:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. Ephesians 1:6-7
Grace No Matter What
Grace is a word frequently used within the 929 chapters of the Old Testament, most often requesting grace in the eyes of God. And grace was given. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament, the word is found nearly 13 times more frequently. These verses have always told me why, “And now out of his fullness, we are fulfilled! And from him, we receive grace heaped upon more grace! Moses gave us the Law, but Jesus, the Anointed One, unveils truth wrapped in tender mercy.” John 1:16-17 (TPT)
God was not content to just offer the grace shown in the lives of his Old Testament followers. For a God whose love is without limits, it wasn’t enough. He sent his son to give “grace upon more grace.” His life, death, and resurrection provided “grace upon more grace” when we didn’t even know him. When life breaks our hearts, we are discouraged, angry, disappointed, or even when we walk away; he gives us the perfect grace we will not find anywhere else. This truth helps me awaken each day knowing whatever the day brings, my life has layers of what I need; a promise from the one who loves me most. My prayer is that you know him because if you do, your life does too.
Darlene Brock–Co-founder and President
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God’s Gift of Grace
Grace is all about God and the great love with which he loves us. It’s a gift that he went to the greatest lengths to give to his children, and it’s free. In fact, there is no way to earn it. We couldn’t even if we tried. Grace is initiated, sustained, and completed by God and God alone. This was all his idea so that we couldn’t boast or brag. Instead, this insanely special gift, once realized and accepted, nips that human inclination in the bud.
Grace gives us eyes to see that we are all on the same playing field and God’s love and kindness can capture any heart. There are no limits, boundaries, exceptions, or disqualifications to whom it will change. When God initiates, he never relents… and who could resist such a great love? And like any great love, it sends us out into the world with a new song to sing. This superior love that we now know reorders our lives and gives us great purpose in all that we say and do. It’s a beautiful thing, God’s grace and love. Do you know it?
So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:7-10 NLT
Ashley Johnson–Managing Editor
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The Strength of Grace
This is going to seem strange, but hang with me. When I think of grace, I think of strength. God’s grace to and for and on me is the only reason I have any strength to live my #gritandgracelife. And personally, my life has had lots of significantly hard moments. It’s kind of our thing—me and God. I’ve finally come to terms with the truth that he wants my life story to be big and bold and all of it point to him… and it’s His grace that has been on me since the day I was conceived.
2 Timothy 2:1 says “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” I find my strength, my hope, and my help in Christ alone and he gives me the grace I need, moment by moment…and that makes me one strong woman.
If you haven’t heard my story, I invite you to listen here: Julie Graham’s Untold Story of Heartbreak, Healing and Hope – 101.
Julie Bender – Podcast Co-Host
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Grace for All
When I think of grace, I think of undeserved love. I think of Jesus, on that cross, saying “I paid for that.” Even when I’m at my worst and my life has gone awry and I’ve made terrible choices, God’s grace says “I paid for that.” Grace makes no sense without Jesus and it makes no sense without love. It is the ultimate expression of love.
But more than that, I think of God’s longing to show us grace. It wasn’t last on his to-do list. It wasn’t a need or an obligation. It was a longing. Isaiah 30:18 tells us “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, therefore He will rise up to show you compassion.”
This longing, this desire, tells me that God’s grace is no dreaded duty. He’s not doing it because he has to. He’s doing it because He wants to. Because He loves us. We are so deeply loved, yes, you too, my friend, that God longs to give us grace. A grace we don’t deserve and grace He doesn’t HAVE to give. Yet He does. I can think of no greater love than this amazing, amazing, grace.
Meaghan Dawson–Contributing writer
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His Abundance of Grace
The way I see it, Grace is a two-fold concept: There’s how urgently I need never-ending grace, and how generously I desire to live out of that grace.
1 Timothy 1:14 says, “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”
Abundantly. Can I be honest? It took me a while to make sense of grace. Why? Well, because it doesn’t make sense. I haven’t done anything to deserve it, but it’s abundantly given anyway. Talk about defying logic. (I’m sure I was the two-year-old who annoyingly asked: “Why, why, why?” 24/7) Why me? Why grace? Why free? Oh, because God. That’s why. It’s something that can’t be made sense of outside of Jesus.
It took me a while to make sense of grace. Why? Well, because it doesn’t make sense. I haven’t done anything to deserve it, but it’s abundantly given anyway. Talk about defying logic.#gritgraceandGod
But with Jesus, and out of this abundant grace, I can so generously impact those around me. Through the riches of the grace God has given, I want to live.
Oh, why? Because, God. Friend, there is kindness for your hard day, forgiveness for your mistakes, and never-ending grace for each of your days in this life. Grace is not weakness. It is one of the most counter-culture, courageous things I can think of. I so desperately need it, and you do too.
Bethany Gilliland–Former Marketing and Administrative Assistant
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Redemption Through His Grace
I think grace is perhaps the biggest way that God chooses to show His love for us. Of course, He loved us so much that He sent his son as a way for us to receive salvation, but why? Yes, because He loves us, but also because He wanted us to have the opportunity to know Him. Even though we aren’t righteous enough on our own to know God, He is willing to overlook our faults and weaknesses so we can draw closer to Him and experience His love—that is grace.
I recently stumbled on this verse, and though I’ve read it a couple times before, it had never hit me the way it did the other day: “Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am living here in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13-14). I found so much comfort in this verse because it reminds me that God will never fail to be there for us. No matter how difficult things become, and even when we’re struggling with life’s circumstances, He will always show up to deliver His goodness—His grace and His love. We will never be in want of those things.
We are redeemed through God’s grace. None of our mistakes or our circumstances can hold us captive, because God doesn’t define us that way. He knows we aren’t perfect. He loves us and wants us to love him, and He doesn’t want there to be a barrier in the way. His grace keeps that path open so we can always find the way to Him.
Tess Lopez–Content and Marketing Manager
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More verses that help you understand God’s grace:
Throughout the coming ages we will be the visible display of the infinite, limitless riches of his grace and kindness, which was showered upon us in Jesus Christ. For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! Ephesians 2:7-8 TPT
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Romans 6:1-2
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us….The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more… Romans 5:5-8,20
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Psalms 84:11
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
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