Fullness of Grace

John 1:16

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

We can’t truly count our blessings because there are so many of them that we couldn’t possibly identify them all.  In all likelihood, much of what we believe we have accomplished on our own was only done with the hand of God helping and guiding us.

Grace is just as difficult to describe because we don’t always know when it has been extended to us.  It is perhaps best summarized in the lyrics of the 1994 release of “A Real Good Thing” by the Newsboys.

“When we don’t get what we deserve, that’s a real good thing.  When we get what we don’t deserve, that’s a real good thing.”

In its simplest form, grace is getting something good that we don’t deserve in place of something bad that we do deserve.  Romans tells us that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.  This is the theological definition of grace.

We find that our lives are full of things that God has showered upon us that we don’t deserve however.  Grace is not just reserved for salvation but instead is an everyday occurrence in the life of a Christian.  God gives us so much more than we deserve and we need to always remember this and be thankful for it.

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