I hope this devotion sparks a flame in your heart to really ponder in your mind about Gods grace. What's does Gods grace mean to you? There is a lot of preaching going on in the world today teaching a grace message that insinuates that we can do what we want to do because Gods grace is so great. It is true that Gods grace covers a multitude of our sins, but are we to take advantage of his mercy and grace that he lovingly bestows upons us?
In James chapter 4 he talks about worldliness and pride. The people people of that day were lusting after worldly things to satisfy their selfish desires within themselves. In verse 3 of of chapter 4 he asks them a question. The verse reads: Ye ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. V4. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, ye know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is an enemy of God.
There is our answer. You cannot live like the world and expect to receive anything from God, even his grace. His grace is only accessed when we humble ourselves. The beauty of Gods grace comes the moment we realize that we have been living like the world. We then confess to God our sins and his mercy and grace is there to pick us back up. In verse 6 James says, But he giveth more grace, Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud but giveth grace to the humble.
When I miss the mark and sin once again, it breaks my heart to the point of depression. How could I have let him down again? I confess to him my failures and ask once more for forgiveness. But oh! How can he forgive me again? But he does. He loves me that much! His grace then gently picks me back up to solid ground where I can run the race that he has set before me. Gods grace is not there to let you live like the world but to empower you to become the person God has called you to be. Grace lets you rest in the loving arms of our savior, Jesus Christ.
This devotion was written by the heart of Pat James. You may comment at ptrc_maher @yahoo.com.