I was surfing on youtube and checking out some videos and I ran across this one:
Now what is the first word that comes to your mind when you finished watching it?
For me was definetely "GRACE" ,simply grace
In Ephesians 4:22-24 we read that we were taught, with regard to our former way of life, to put off our old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
When we think of grace (I was like this) what immediately comes to our mind is...salvation . How God was so graceful in sending His one and Only Son to die for us and to rescue us from eternal pain and suffering. The deal is , grace is everything! From the Genesis 8:21 up to present days , God has made , is making and will make several graceful attempts in rescuing people that have decided to live independently of Him. Sometimes we are so caught in our problems and struggles that we end up forgetting God's grace and as a result we get so frustrated due to our failures at trying to be perfect and performing none less than the excellence and in the end blame God for the things that had a bad ending. Again, we end up thinking that grace is a once in a lifetime situation , the act of Jesus on the cross. It's not, it's by grace that we breath, it's by grace that we have healthy bodies, it's by grace that we have freedom, it's by grace we are forgiven day after day for our sins, it's by grace that we live! We gotta start understanding that only because of God's grace are we able to put off our old self and put on our new self, righteous and holy, to pratice this day after day. By the grace of God we are all equal and we are all in Jesus co-heirs of God and therefore we can rejoice in that fact. We live by the grace of God, every second , every minute , everyday of our lives. We gotta know deep inside that whatever we do , will not be enough to buy our way into heaven, because by grace , Jesus already paid that price. We can't live our days trying to live up to expectations, because we are sinners, and whatever we do for God is accepted by Him through His grace and not because we are sufficiently good. If it wasn't for His grace our offerings and everything we did for God, would be worth no more than garbage. But by His grace we are healed, by His grace we are restores daily, By His grace we are loved unconditionally and when we get that, we will be able to freely worship and serve God, and not living up to our own expectations and our own excellence.