In today’s reading, I am drawn to verse 6. The concept of grace has always been a mystery to me. I mean it is really that easy to be saved. Come on, one must have to do more than just accept this gift. Let’s take a look.
Verse 6 from today’s reading says, “And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.” Paul clearly says we are saved by grace; and grace alone. Grace is a gift given to us by a loving God.
I often think it is easier to love someone when they are good – when they love us back. Don’t you? But God loves us no matter if we love him or not. No matter how we act towards him. In the past, I fell into the trap of believing that some people’s behavior was so bad that God couldn’t possibly save them. However, I realized that by taking this attitude, I did not fully understand that salvation is by grace. And grace is a free gift. All any of us have to do is to accept the gift.
If God chose who would be saved based on our works or obedience to the law, then grace would not be free and undeserved. As Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians, “God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Thank God for his gift of grace.
Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,