Where Grace Empowers You

Grace transforms our desires, motivations, and behavior

The gospel is all about God’s grace through Jesus Christ. That’s why Paul calls it “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24) and “the word of his grace” (Acts 14:3; 20:32; cf. Col. 1:5–6). The gospel of the grace of God is the message everyone needs. The word of grace is proclaimed from every page of the Bible and ultimately revealed in Jesus Christ.

 

Christians live every day by the grace of God.

We receive forgiveness according to the riches of divine grace, and grace drives our sanctification. Paul tells us, “The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” (Titus 2:11–12).

This doesn’t happen overnight—we “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). Grace transforms our desires, motivations, and behavior.

Grace is the Basis

In fact, God’s grace grounds and empowers everything in the Christian life. Grace is the basis for:

Our Christian identity: “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10).

Our standing before God: “. . . this grace in which we stand” (Rom. 5:2).

Our behavior: “We behaved in the world . . . by the grace of God” (2 Cor. 1:12).

Our living: Those who receive “the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 5:17) by the “grace of life” (1 Pet. 3:7).

Our holiness: God “called us to a holy calling . . . because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Tim. 1:9).

Our strength for living: “Be strengthened by the grace that is in Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:1) for “it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” (Heb. 13:9)

Our way of speaking: “Let your speech always be gracious” (Col. 4:6).

Our serving: “Serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pet. 4:10).

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