by: First Orlando | March 30, 2017
My 7-year old was spelling out words in the bath tub a couple weeks ago. Using those familiar foam letters he spelled words like Mexico, his sister’s name, then the word that made me almost hit my knees right there in the kids’ bathroom: grace.
He spelled it out right under that soap holder (does anyone use that anymore?!).
“Look mommy! Grace! And if you pour water over it, it’s like Satan, but he can’t get us because we are covered by grace.”
Grace. It’s one of my favorite words and as Easter approaches, it’s the perfect time to dive deep into the truth about grace.
My good friend Merriam-Webster defines grace as this: “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.”
Unmerited. Divine Assistance. Let that sink in for just a moment. Help we don’t deserve… from the Creator of the Universe… for the purpose of making us set apart and more like Jesus.
If that doesn’t make you weep…
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight… Ephesians 1:7-8
The word used for grace in the original language is the same word used for favor. Here’s how it is defined: that kindness by which God bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offenses, and bids them accept eternal salvation through Christ.
Through Jesus’ death, his sacrifice, God lavished grace on us. He gave profusely… an excess… an abundance. We have favor in the eyes of God because of Jesus’ blood. Our sins are forgiven because He paid our debt. We do not deserve it, and I’ll never understand why God continues to love me. Even though I fail daily, He continues forgives me. Even though I continue to sin, He never stops loving me, meeting me, forgiving me. Like my sweet little 7-year old said, Satan has no hold on you. He has no power over you. He can’t get to you. You are covered by grace – lavish, abundant and excess grace. Amen!