Grace: an undeserving, freely given gift from God | 500 Words on Grace
by You Have My Word
I don’t know if the grace been poured over my life can be summed up in 500 words. So lets just say that it has been an amazing (tough) journey that God has and still is taking me on. To look back and see where I have come from to where I am now, is all because of the grace of God. He has picked me up, and taken me out of those terrible situations and has shown his mercy and grace upon my husband and I.
Stephen and I are now in Georgia, Europe travelling and volunteering for a year. We’ve been here for four months now and as crazy and fun and breathtakingly beautiful this country is, it still has its challenges. We have been having some trouble at the place where we have been staying. When we talk to other volunteers about it, no one else is experiencing this or is having these difficulties and it always makes me wonder, “Why? Why me?” I used to joke with Shae, and say if I were to write a book it would be called “God’s First Pancake” because the first pancake you make always comes out a flop and it always seems to be me who has to have the difficult time out of everyone in the same situations. I was then reminded about Romans 5:1-11
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into his grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given 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 man, though for a good man 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. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
This pretty much sums up grace for me. God puts things in our lives so that we can learn from them. He says we must rejoice in our sufferings because he has poured out his love into our hearts. He will deal with it. If we do our part, God can do his. Grace is an ever present remainder that my God is real, that he is alive and that he loves me so much that he was willing to give his one and only son, to die on the cross for me so that I will not perish but have eternal life.
He did this out of grace towards us. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God.” (Eph 2:8)
Grace: an undeserving, freely given gift from God.
Carryn Hickman is a dear friend with a vigour for life to be rivalled with. I’ve found great joy in walking with her, and even worlds apart (in more ways than one) I know that our hearts are threaded. She carries wisdom beyond her years and lives courageously in trying times. Take a look at her and Stephen’s story here.