Mid Week Meditation - July 23, 2018Submitted on: July 23, 2018
“The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us” Titus 2:11-12a(KJV)
Grace, unmerited favor is what we receive every day as Jesus’ followers. We sin, but we are spared a verdict of guilty by our righteous Judge. We are favored, because we have confessed sins before an all-forgiving Savior.
Grace is given to those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It is showered on those who are saved. However, the unsaved may be recipients of God’s grace as He often applies His Grace with a sweeping hand. Paul is boasting that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men who will accept it.
Grace first appeared in Bethlehem, in the form of God’s Only Begotten Son however, the message of grace is not confined to Christmas. The Grace that appeared meant we no longer have to fumble around feeling for God, painfully seeking a spiritual connection. We waited for God and now He is here, ever present.
We can’t earn, solicit, or summon grace. Grace just is! Why, because “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Thus, God’s self-originated love has no motive but itself. Grace acts, not according to merit, but on the impulses of its own heart. Grace is a gift that brings salvation to all men. Note, it is not salvation; but it is God’s motivation for offering the gift of salvation.
God saw the havoc that sin was causing us and could not help Himself. He was tired of being separated from His creation. So He found a way, through His grace, to reunite us with His Creator.
The love that lives in Eternity has flowed through generations of our existence, waiting to shower itself on all of us. If God could save all through His grace, He would do it. But, by the very nature of the gift it carries, grace is conditional. This gift is offered to all mankind, but lamentably many leave it on the ‘shelf’ unopened. If the medicine to cure us remains unopened on the shelf, we cannot be cured. We have to reach for the medicine, and take it. The medicine cannot be held accountable if man dies eternal death. That blame is clearly attached to the one who refused to take his medicine.
God’s grace teaches us to hang in there, realize our mistakes, and learn to lean on Jesus. On the Isle of Patmos, God told John to write, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:19). Sometimes the rod is best. With a little more zeal for righteousness, we will suffer less correction. No one likes it but discipline is a necessary part of our spiritual growth. We are challenged to enroll ourselves in God’s school of grace. When we accept His correction, and submit to His chastisement as a demonstration of His love, we will learn to bear better fruit. God’s grace will take us from miserable to marvelous; from corrupt to commendable and from disgraceful to decent.
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