For many, the word grace provokes images of a fallen life that’s been forgiven. Bible readers may think of the woman caught in the act of adultery to which Jesus said “whosoever is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” Others may remember the story of the prodigal son who returned home to his loving father’s arms.
As wonderful as these testimonies are, the Scripture shows us that grace is not only powerful enough to forgive our sin, it also gives us the power to live above sin.
Simply put, the word grace means “undeserved kindness.” But if we think of grace as just being the answer to our human weaknesses, we set the stage for a permissive lifestyle (see Jude 1:4). In other words, “whatever we do is okay because grace can overlook it.” Does that sound familiar? But Paul taught us that we stand by or in grace (see Romans 5:2). It’s not only a key to forgiveness but a power that enables us to do the right thing when we’re tempted to do wrong.
God’s grace is a power, a power that was strong enough to pick you up from a life of sin. If it can pull you from darkness, can’t it keep you from the same? Speaking to Timothy, Paul said “my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. (2 Tim. 2:1 KJV)” and also we read in James 4:6,
“But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires.”–NLT
Grace is the Christian’s true empowering agent. It’s not just there to forgive sin but, by the Holy Spirit, it’s there to give us the ability to conquer sin. Draw on the grace of God today.