God is loving, kind and merciful with us. As I’ve said before, His grace is enormous.
I’m not sure it is even humanly possible for us to completely understand just how BIG and DEEP and WIDE the grace that God offers us really is.
However, I think it is important that we try because it helps us keep things in the right perspective.
A Few of the Different Types of Grace
To help us process the magnitude of His grace, I want to point out the varying kinds of grace He pours out on us daily.
This list is not comprehensive by any means, but it should help to get you thinking and appreciating God’s grace.
1. Common Grace
God loves everyone. So, there is a common grace that He gives all people whether they acknowledge Him or not. Matthew 5:45 tells us, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
2. Saving Grace
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph 2:8) By His saving grace, God has paid the ransom for everyone who will receive His gift of salvation. This alone is overwhelming.
3. Sanctifying Grace
There is power in God’s grace and immediately after we are saved, it goes to work to purify or sanctify us. You play a part in your purification through obedience, but ultimately you have to count on His sanctifying grace and know that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6).
4. Provisional Grace
Through His provisional grace, God provides for all our needs. As James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” When you get a better job or an unexpected gift, count it as grace from God.
5. Miraculous Grace
Look at what was happening in the early church. “Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8). Through His grace, God still does miraculous things every day. He doesn’t have to do this. He does it because He is full of grace.
6. Serving Grace
Every believer is freely given spiritual gifts to serve others and bolster their faith. 1 Peter 4:10 tells us, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” We each receive serving grace.
7. Sustaining Grace
Finally, in those times of trial and suffering, Jesus says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9). And the Bible says, “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16). God sustains us.
God’s Grace Abounds in Many Different Ways
God gives us unmerited favor in so many different forms. His grace and mercy are limitless.
I pray that you will know that “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor 9:8).