Why Are We So Scared of Grace? Part 1


“Demolishing the Mockery against Grace”

 

            Why are we so scared of grace? The Bible tells us in First John 4:16 that “God is love.” As we look deeper, we’ll find in First Corinthians 13:8 that one on of the most powerful characteristics of love is that it “never fails.” The foundation of everything that God is and does flows out of the amazing reality that the nature of God is love and that He has never lost a battle. Love is undefeated! Why are we connecting grace to love? Nelson’s New Illustrated Dictionary defines grace as: “Favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that person deserves. Grace is one of the key attributes of God. The Lord God is “merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.” (Ex. 34:6). Therefore, grace is almost always associated with mercy, love, compassion, and patience. Jesus represented the Father’s greatest expression of love to the world (John 3:16) and He manifested that love to humanity in two ways, as explained in John 1:16-17…

“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16-17)

            It seems like there is a great concern that grace is ineffective because it can open doors for people to abuse it. We rather embrace a system of punishments with rules and regulations designed to change us from the outside, in. This system of punishment gives the punisher a degree of power, control and authority. It satisfies the person in authority with being able to see outer behavior changes; rather than changes deep in our hearts. There is, without a doubt, a place for laws to be enforced for the safety of our communities. The Bible clearly encourages us to obey the law of the land. However, when it comes down to changing the heart, nothing is more effective than the grace of God! Moses brought us the law, even as he himself was not able to follow the law, which became a typology of how ineffective that system was. Jesus, on the other hand, brought us truth and grace as He himself fulfilled the whole law which became a typology of the heart changing power of grace.

To be continued…

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