“[We] who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance” (1 Peter 1:2).

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Grace is an expression of the truest love. In Jesus Christ, God’s grace abounds. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Grace Is Alive! is a continuation of an earlier post Struggle With Sin.

I used to think of grace primarily within the context of forgiveness and salvation, but I’ve come to see grace as so much more. Grace is the gift of freedom; freedom from sin. “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. (1 Peter 2:16). Grace isn’t tolerance; grace is transformation. Grace humbles; grace elevates. Grace admonishes; grace approves. Grace is mysterious; grace is understanding. Grace is waiting patiently; grace is hard at work. Grace already knows what it’s getting into. “[We] who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance” (1 Peter 1:2).

I’m not free from corruption’s grasp, as the strongholds that once bound me testify, but grace abounds within me too, as their destruction also testifies. Grace doesn’t leave us as we were before. We are reborn in the Spirit; we are made anew (John 3:1-8). Grace is alive! 

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