During the spring of this year, there were some weeks when that grand old hymn “Amazing Grace” was among the top ten songs heard on radio across the nation. This was in itself an illustration of the grace of God, for through the secular medium of hundreds of radio stations, the story of God’s redeeming love was heard by tens of thousands who otherwise might never have heard it.
The more one grows in Christian understanding and experience, the more amazing and precious the grace of God becomes.
We are saved by grace and kept by grace, but few of us realize this marvelous fact. We are confronted with an ever recurring temptation to attribute our salvation and any growth in Christian maturity to our own efforts and accomplishments.
The pride of self-accomplishment is a deadly sin. It stands between many people and a saving experience with Jesus Christ. Our salvation depends solely on the grace of God, and our continuing peace with him has been bought by our Saviour at unbelievable cost.
Without an understanding of this saving and keeping grace from God, we are engaged in an unending struggle to attain. But when we come to realize that everything we are or hope to be is the result of God’s unmerited favor, then our hearts are filled with love and gratitude toward the One who has made this possible.
As we deepen in our Christian faith and experience, we become increasingly aware of the innate sinfulness of the human heart. The knowledge that our salvation is a fact, despite repeated failures, comes from an understanding of the implications of divine grace.
The grace is an attitude on the part of God toward sinners that can in no sense be deserved. It rests entirely on the merits of Jesus Christ, and, so far as mankind is concerned, ...1
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