Isn’t it a beautiful word?
It represents something we cannot earn. Something we cannot achieve for ourselves. Something we really cannot even ask for.
It is something freely given.
This is what we are given by God. He gives us grace. We feel that grace when we have been forgiven for sins that we should feel shame over. We are covered in that grace when circumstances are bigger and harder than we can handle on our own. That grace overshadows our lives when Satan is prowling around like a lion waiting to devour us yet God is our protection.
Something that makes life a joy.
That invisible thing that offers us something we don’t deserve.
I am thankful that the grace of Jesus reaches all the way down to me from his throne in heaven. That he takes my burdens, my sorrows, my pain, my anger and replaces them with a peace that only comes from being in Him. The freedom that comes with the grace of Jesus is unparalleled and I am so thankful for it.
I am going to try to focus more on grace this year. That grace that God gives. But also in sharing that with others and showing my own grace when anger is my first reaction. Showing grace and sharing grace.
You can hear this beautiful hymn sung on the site In Search of the Lord’s Way. Just click on the link and head down to the Ws in the list. Click on the play button next to Wonderful Grace of Jesus and listen to the hymn about the grace offered by Jesus.
Wonderful Grace of Jesus
lyrics and music: Haldor Lillenas (1918)
1. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All-sufficient grace for even me!
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame;
Oh, magnify the precious Name of Jesus,
Praise His Name!
2. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost;
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me. (Refrain)
3. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven
For all eternity—
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me. (Refrain)