God’s Grace isn’t something that we asked for. It is not something that we constantly think about, or even thank Him for. There is a restaurant in my hometown that, no matter how many eggs you order with breakfast, they will always give you one extra. It is just understood. God’s grace is like that extra egg. You didn’t ask for it, but He gave it to you anyway.
2 Timothy 1:9 says “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” God’s plan for us, from the very beginning, has been to show us His grace. We have done nothing to deserve this. Before we even existed, all our sins were forgiven. What an incredible gift.
Having a pretty good understanding of grace can have many positive effects on our lives. First of all, it will put your pride in the back seat and kick self-righteousness to the curb. It will also be one of your biggest motivations to thank, praise, and glorify God. We have not been saved because of the good works we have done, the people we have helped, the many Sundays we have spent in church, or the money we have put in the offering plate. We have been saved because of God’s purpose and grace.
Why would God offer us His grace, even when we don’t deserve it? He decided to forgive us even when we did not exist yet. He did it because we are His children. No matter what we do, how we sin, or the ways we disappoint Him, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)”
That is what is so different about God’s love and earthly love. In our relationships, we are constantly doing things to make others love us. We are always saying things to make them feel love or affection towards us. Our works seem to gain us a positive reputation, and the more we do, the “better” we seem. That is not so with God. Thank goodness for that.
What a relief to know that we do not have to “perform” or “prove ourselves” to be loved by our Heavenly Father. He has loved us from the beginning, and will love us until the end.