March 2, 2017
What is the definition of grace? Grace is love that gives where there is no merit, to those who don’t want the gift. Grace has to chase us down. If God couldn’t run faster than you could run, you never would have been saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
The only way we can love Him is because He first loved us (see 1 John 4:19). Grace seeks to give to vile and wicked people that which they don’t deserve and can never deserve. But wait a minute, grace is more than that!
Grace is given at great cost to the giver. It’s not just that He gave something, but He gave Himself! He gave Himself in agony and blood. Avis M. Christiansen wrote a hymn, "Blessed Redeemer," which speaks of this grace in its refrain:
Blessed Redeemer! Precious Redeemer!
Seems I now see Him on Calvary’s tree;
Wounded and bleeding, for sinners pleading,
Blind and unheeding – dying for me!