Ten Things To Pray For In The Year 2014: # 4 Grace

Grace, which has been much maligned in many houses of worship in the past few years, is the unmerited favor of God. You and I don’t deserve what we get from God. Why? Because we do not do what God wants us to do. But, when we submit our wills to God’s will, He who is love does not treat us harshly, as Allah might. No, God frees us to be the people that He desires us to be. In this state of freedom, we have grace, the unmerited favor of God.

Now lately, I have heard “the doctrine of grace” as being “once saved, always saved.” The Bible does not in any way teach this, although some would argue there is a scripture that does. The problem with that is the verse is taken out of context in this case- ie, it is like taking a line out of a recipe and stating that that line gives you the freedom to do something-

It says here to “kneed the dough.” Therefore, I need to “kneed the dough” in my life. Every time I see dough, I will immediately kneed it. Obviously, you see how flawed this line of thinking is.

Suffice to say, this is NOT the true Doctrine of Grace. The doctrine of grace is simply that Jesus Christ came to save sinning men, women, and children from eternal judgement if- and only if- they repent of sin, turning away from a lifestyle of sin.Then, they are saved from eternal judgement by grace- but only  when they are in a right relationship with God.

So, the one who says they are “saved” but continues to embrace sin by actively pursuing it, actively doing what God does not desire, actively turning their back on God…well, that one is no longer under grace but is condemned because they have left the covering of grace.

But I do pray you seek favor from God. Ask God what God wants you to do every day, every night.


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