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God's Unlimited Grace
Mark D. Roberts
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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God's Unlimited Grace
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Several years ago, a couple with whom my wife, Linda, and I are friends invited us to join them for an educational conference in a resort town. They made it very clear that we were to be their guests. I expect they knew this sort of trip was far beyond our budget. At first, we felt awkward accepting their offer, even though I sensed the genuineness with which it had been extended. As Linda and I talked it through, it seemed that our friends really did want us to come along and we were excited to join them. So, we accepted their offer. They paid for our travel, lodging, conference fee, and all of our meals. Honestly, it felt odd receiving such generosity. I hadn't experienced anything like that before. Yet it also felt wonderful to be treated so well. We didn't deserve such treatment, but it was utterly delightful. It was also a demonstration of grace, lavish grace.

I remember this experience when I read Ephesians 1:7-8. There, Paul says that we have redemption and forgiveness through Christ's death "in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us" (NIV). It's not as if God has some little pile of grace that he doles out stingily. On the contrary, God's pile is huge, and he doesn't give it away in tiny portions. Rather, God "lavished" his grace on us. The Greek word translated here as "lavished" literally means "to cause to abound" or "to do something in great measure." Rich grace, richly given … that's what God has done through Christ.

Do you think of God's grace in this way? Do you think of God as a lavish giver? Perhaps you do, and that's wonderful. But many of us, including those of us who have been Christians for a long time, tend to minimize God's grace and to project on him a stinginess that reflects our own biases and not God's revelation in Christ and in Scripture. Thus, we live in fear that we will exhaust God's grace. And we are stingy in our gracious (or grace-less!) dealings with others.

Yet, the more we allow God's Word to shape our relationship with him, the more we reflect upon the wonder of the Cross, the more we will grasp and experience the lavishness of grace. We'll live in the freedom that comes from receiving the riches of God's grace. And we'll delight in sharing that grace with others.

Mark D. Roberts is the author of several books including Can We Trust the Gospels? His article is adapted with permission from the original article "Rich Grace, Richly Given" at TheHighCalling.org. All rights reserved.

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures quoted are taken from the New Living Translation.

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Helen Asmund

July 18, 2017  7:38am

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