© by Joyce C. Lock
Grace: God’s unmerited favor, unconditional love, when we get what we don’t deserve, when we get something far greater than anything we deserved, when we hit the end of the road and find a second chance, salvation, forgiveness.
When your child has been severely injured, due to your neglect, yet they recover without permanent scars - then you know grace.
When you’ve been unfaithful to your mate and that love is restored - then you know grace.
When you’ve made a mistake of catastrophic proportion and someone else pays your bill - then you know grace.
Grace looses clinical definition when it happens when it happens to you - when it becomes very real, personal, and indefinably joyful.
Jesus gave his life to pay our debt and give us this wonderful gift of grace. He only asks one thing in return, “Love one another as I have loved you,” John 15:12. It’s our way of saying, “Thank you!”
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.