The Wonder of God's Grace

Every Christian knows the wonder of God’s grace.

And I hasten to add, it is the same wonderment of anybody who is a God believing person, regardless of his religious beliefs.

So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. John 5:45. English Standard Version

Yes, God is good. God is love. And always, that will be my testimony.

Grace, which comes from the Greek New Testament word charis, is God’s unmerited favor. Unmerited favor means unearned favor. Only because of God’s goodness does it happen. It’s a gift from Him. It’s like a parent who loves his kids so much that he loves them regardless of what they do.

Here’s the definition of grace from Merriam Webster Dictionary.
Unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue coming from God, a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance, approval, favor stayed in his good graces; mercy, pardon (archaic ); disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency; a temporary exemption : reprieve.

I like the definition reprieve. It’s like me going to be executed but at the last minute, here comes a message from the Governor of California, commuting my sentence.

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Reprieve is the suspension or postponement of the punishment of a convicted person. When a reprieve is granted, a criminal is temporarily relieved from the execution of his/her sentence.

But I like the definition pardon more because it is the action of the executive to mitigate or set aside the punishment for a crime. In the U.S., the President has the power to grant pardon in federal offences and the governors, and the board of pardon is authorized to grant pardon in the states. By pardoning an offender, the individual is fully forgiven from all the legal consequences of the crime and its conviction.

God loves us so much “that He gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

So I deserve everlasting death but by believing in Jesus and by taking Him as my Savior, I am thereby spared hell because now, with that belief, I am now born again.

The wonder of God’s grace is such that even though God doesn’t owe us anything, it seems that He does. That’s the depth of His love for us. He even sent His Son to earth to die for us. That’s a hard idea for many to swallow. “How could the Creator of the universe love me?”

All of us feel the same, whether we believe in God or not. We are stubborn creatures. In many ways, you and I are both unlovable. So how could God love me? How could God love you?

The answer to that is : God loves you, not because of who you are or what you’ve done. God loves you because of who He is.

1 John 4:8 says “God is love.”

The amazing wonder of God’s grace is very lucid in the song “Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see
Was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed
Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come
T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far
And Grace will lead us home
And Grace will lead us home
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see
Was blind, but now I see

“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written in 1772 by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807). It is an immensely popular hymn, particularly in the United States, where it is used for both religious and secular purposes.

Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, but his life’s path was formed by a variety of twists and coincidences that were often put into motion by others’ reactions to what they took as his recalcitrant insubordination. But John Newton had a religious mother who unfortunately died when Newton was six years old but influenzed him deeply.

He was pressed (conscripted) into service in the Royal Navy. After leaving the service, he became involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his vessel off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, so severely that he called out to God for mercy. This moment marked his spiritual conversion but he continued slave trading until 1754 or 1755, when he ended his seafaring altogether. He began studying Christian theology and later became an abolitionist. His influence, particularly on William Wilberforce a member of the British Parliament, helped to push the abolition of slavery in the Parliament.

John Newton wrote the hymn Amazing Grace

A Slave Ship

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (ESV)

When we recognize the wonder of God’s grace and its availability at all times, we can face every problem. We have everything that we need. There had been many times when I didn’t have money. But the words of the Bible cheer me up: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36 New King James Version

I would rather have nothing but have God than everything but without God.

Examples of Grace in the Bible

… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus … Romans 3:23-24 (English Standard Version)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God .. Ephesians 2:8 (ESV)

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people … (ESV)

God in His mercy gave us the beauty and wonders of nature that we see each and every day. The amazing wonders of God is hard to miss to one who looks for it. He gives us near misses when accidents are heading our way. He often brings us the right thing just in time.

“Be still (cease striving) and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).

I love the following verses, personifying the amazing wonder of God’s grace:

Lamentations 3:22-23
English Standard Version

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.