Gratitude from Grace

When gratitude grips my heart I embrace the grace of God. I would never know true gratitude if not for God’s grace.

Living a surrendered life to Christ, my intentions are good. However, because I live a human life, I am wretched, and sinful by nature, no matter how good I may be. In this truth I find comfort, because it brings me to my knees in humility, crushing my human pride. I know that when I fail, God gives me grace, and in it I find gratitude.

His Grace Saves

God knows our heart’s intent and He knows our failures before we even fail Him.

Psalm 139:1-6 (NLT)

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!”

The dictionary describes Grace as the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. By His own grace, He established a way for humans to be redeemed from sin. Enter His son, Christ Jesus. John [3:16] tells us:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Redeemed

The word “grace” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word charis, which means “favor, blessing, or kindness.”  It is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us.

We cannot earn nor purchase it. It cannot be gained by doing good deeds. God freely grants it to us, sinners, because He loves us. We, who are undeserving of His love. His act of grace is unfathomable to human beings. When I try to fathom it I melt at His feet where I lay in a pool of gratitude.  His benevolence is unmatched, undeserved, unearnable, priceless grace.

God’s grace, is sufficient for getting through human life.  We learn in 2 Corinthians 12:9:

“…he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

If we believe we do not need His benevolence, then we do not know what we truly are. We learn in Isaiah 64:6 that the very best of us are like filthy rags compared to His holiness.

“…all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” 

But because He loves us so, He made a way to wash us clean of our sin. He redeemed us through the blood sacrifice of His one and only Son, the Lamb of God, and His Spirit dwells in us.

Thanksgiving

I haven’t experienced a day without failing to do and be all that Jesus would have me do and be since the moment I surrendered my life to Him. God knew that for as long as I am a human living on this earth, I will fail, and I will need His grace to sustain me.

There is no fault in failure where there is God’s grace and redemption through Christ. In other words, there is no condemnation in Christ, when Christ is in us, and we are in Christ. (Romans 8).

Today, during this Thanksgiving Holiday, there is nothing I am more grateful for than God’s grace. Amen.

Brandee Nielsen

 

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