Grace is defined as unmerited favor, but this definition doesn’t really do it justice.
In both cases, the woman and the son deserved judgment. They both were guilty. However, they received extreme grace.
Copy the Grace of Jesus
As Christ Followers, our goal is to copy Jesus. We are to model His grace in our lives.
Grace is love, mercy, generosity, compassion, kindness and forgiveness all rolled into one.
It is putting people’s eternal well-being above earthly justice.
In order to offer grace, we have to let God’s love into our hearts and be made new through spiritual transformation. That’s why these two came first in the 12 Essential Ways to Copy Jesus. They are foundational to grace and all the rest.
We also have to know and accept the grace that Jesus offers each of us.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT
As we realize just how much we need God’s grace ourselves, it becomes humbling and much easier to offer grace to others.
Grace Is Radically Different
My natural tendency is to accuse, judge and condemn. Be it on the highway, in the courtroom or in everyday life, I usually feel that people should get what they deserve.
Of course, when I’m the one in the wrong, I want grace. I want a pass. I hope to receive a “get out of jail free card”.
I admit this is very hypocritical, but very common.
Grace is a completely and radically different way of behaving. It stands out in stark contrast to the “normal” ways of the world.
Be Transformed by His Grace
Thankfully, God is transforming me in this area of my life.
In the natural, we all have a veil that hangs over our minds and hardens our hearts toward God and others. But, once we believe and receive God’s grace the veil is removed.
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NLT
I am being changed to reflect the glorious image of Jesus! Not by my own effort, but by His grace. How amazing is that?!?
He regularly reminds me, “But for the grace of God, there go I.” I often take way too much credit for my place in life. In reality, it is only through God’s favor and grace that I’m not dead, destitute or imprisoned. Based on my actions, I deserve all three.
Thankfully, I am full of His grace and I don’t get what I deserve!