Praying is powerful. When the world seems dark and your circumstances grim, prayer holds you together. In those circumstances, we often seek clear answers. We ask God to guide us but often expect the answer to be spelled out. Of course, we know that God provides us the strength, but not always clear-cut answers. Today we explore the idea of seeking God’s grace and how the Bible discusses this concept in different and inspiring ways.
Don’t ask for answers, as for God’s grace and trust that He will lead you. A little Bible study is at hand.
We explore the concept through God’s Word.
God’s Grace in the Bible and How to Approach it in Your Daily Life
The word is thrown around a lot and the modern secular definition is quite different from the way believers understand this word as it relates to God. The Bible has many references to it that it’s difficult to explore in just one article. The word carries real and significant weight for those that understand its significance in the context of God’s love and power. Grace is God’s love, the gifts that you don’t deserve, it is God’s favor, God’s strength, and His ability to forgive.
In Paul’s words, it is “undeserved favor.”
Romans 3:24: “We are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Grace is what inclines God to give gifts that are free undeserved sinners.”
Our God is a God of grace. He sees us as we are, he forgives us, and he guides us.
2 Corinthians 12:9 Jesus says to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Another mention of grace in the Bible is from John. “For the law was given through Moses: grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” The story of Jesus contains examples of how he gives grace to those that may seem undeserving.
The Multifaceted Complexity of God’s Grace and Man’s Ability to Harness It
Some of us think of God’s grace as a mere inclination or character trait. We think of something as ‘graceful’ or full of grace and that implies a certain internal beauty, but God’s grace is much more complicated than that. For God, it’s about treating sinners with charity and respect and giving chance and opportunity to those that might be undeserving. The power of that gesture means human beings can redeem themselves, correct, and find the truth.
So grace is not only an attitude to treat people with great favor—because just as God treats us with great favor, we should seek to treat others the same— but it’s about the power and the force for that attitude or inclination to manifest itself in people’s lives in real and tangible ways.
Working hard. Doing the right thing. Seeking truth and being truthful. These are all results of God’s grace and carrying it with us wherever we go.
In Difficult Forks in the Road
We all come to moments in our lives where we are at a fork in the road. Whether it be regarding our family life, professional life, health, or involving an issue in our community or with those we love. In these moments, the concept of grace can very much come to our side.
Don’t ask for a clear answer, ask for God’s grace. God will use you wherever you go and God’s plan for you is good, but many people get stuck in trying to figure out exactly what God is trying to show them or lead them towards.
Trust in God’s grace as love and strength that will flow through you as you work to make the best decisions possible in your life. Some decisions will never be easy and there will be consequences and ramifications, but trusting in God’s grace is allowing his love to flow through you to inform your free will and your intentions.
Prayers for God’s Grace
Are you living through a difficult moment where no clear answer appears? Seek God’s grace and trust that His will be done. You can write your own prayers to God based on this or seek inspiration from various sources that might provide you with examples.
Our current climate has people head to head about a lot of things in our society. People disagree on ways forward and often assign mal-intent or bad motives to other people’s actions. It is a time to seek God’s grace for ourselves and for others. We want to treat others with the same grace that God treats us with.
In Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace.”
We should seek to treat people better than they deserve and to seek God’s grace in moments of turbulence and uncertainty because the answers will not always be laid out in clean letters.
Looking for God’s Grace? Find Guidance at Healing Place Church
We all need God’s grace— whether we’re in a bind, in a difficult situation, or amidst tragedy. We must also grant grace to others who may have come wrongly at us. Are you looking for a place to guide you through these moments? Whether it’s through prayer or Bible study, we seek better guidance and healing.
Visit us at Healing Place Church, where we study and seek God’s grace together.