Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Unmerited Favor

This is something that I've written more than a year ago, but I was thinking about it more and more this week ...

I don’t know about you, but I want to live a life in God’s favor. Each and every day!

We’ve been taught that grace is God’s unmerited favor that is bestowed upon sinners:
Rom 3:24, "being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” (NKJ) 
It’s also defined as undeserved mercy ~ however all mercy is undeserved; that’s the meaning of mercy. Grace is so much more than mercy, think of this: mercy just gets the criminal off the hook and out of jail, but grace pays the debt of the criminal and sets him free to enjoy the good life.

God’s salvation is not merited; it’s a GIFT from God, something given freely! Jesus paid our debt of sin and in receiving Him we are set free to enjoy God’s love and to live in His favor
Prov 8:35, "For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD;” (NKJ) 
Mere words cannot adequately express the true meaning of God’s grace and His greatest token of love, His Son.

This made me think, we know that it is not all about our works and that good works will not get me in heaven … but as I dwell upon this grace of God in which I now stand … will it not motivate me to do good works or more good works?
Titus 2:11-15, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 
12teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
13looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 
14who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 
15Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.” (NKJ)
Back to everyday life. One of my friends said to me that she experiences God's favor in the everyday things like finding a parking space right in front of Pick and Pay. While others are driving around in circles, mmmm.... Another friend said that if it wasn't for favor she would have been fired from her job long ago. Why? She speaks her mind in an environment where it is not  permissible. And she's the only one getting away with it! There's a lot more examples, but have you ever spent time thinking of the ways you are experiencing God's favor in your life? It's in the little things that we don't even realize, the little things that goes unnoticed every day.

That been said: 
  • Do you have the attitude to receive from God? 
  • Are you living your life based on the true meaning of grace?
  • Are you walking in God’s favor like Abraham did? 
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