Simply Grace


What is Grace?

Do you sometimes feel like you “just don’t get grace”?

I know I too didn’t understand grace, if Jesus paid it all on the Cross for me then I don’t have to do anything, right?!

The thing is this can’t be further from the truth because scripture tells us that there is plenty to do, but the one certain thing is we don’t have to pay that debt. Because Jesus paid our debt in full. So, what is left to be determined is showing appreciation for what Jesus Christ did by using it to live a life like His.

Grace is supposed to transform us and change us. God does not intend for us to stay stagnant or merely survive but rather to evolve and live life more abundantly (John 10:10). Faith and repentance are needed to have a desire to change. Unfortunately, there are too many people who live without faith who don’t want to change. The changes required by God can only be done with the power of the Holy Spirit and for that, we need to accept the covenants or commandments to endure until the end. It is the only way we can internalize the changes needed for us to live comfortably in heaven.

Grace helps us to be content with progress in the right direction. God knows that we will fail and fall short but He never gave us only two options. Perfection or giving up is not part of His plan of salvation. The plan is growth and development, learning takes time and change is a process and repentance is a pattern in our lives.

Understanding grace is understanding God’s blessings Christ’s atonement is continuous and His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Grace is our constant energy source it is not the light at the end of the tunnel but rather the light that moves with us through the tunnel.

God’s grace is sufficient to cover our debt, to transform us, and to help us for as long as it takes to be changed. Grace is not the absence of God’s high expectations but rather the presence of God’s power in our lives. (Luke 1:37)

Know in your heart that Grace is sufficient, it is enough. It is all we need to keep trying, to not quit. Don’t look for escapes or excuses, look for the Lord and His perfect strength. Don’t look for someone or something to blame, search for someone to help you. Seek Christ and, as you do, you will feel the enabling power and divine help we call His amazing Grace.

Barbara Mancilla