Although the requirement to follow and obey God’s edicts is without compromise, there is an attribute of God’s character that escapes the understanding of unbelievers and also that of believers. This mystery is God’s grace.http://www.christianpost.com/news/what-is-god-s-grace-30898/
Theologians still debate about what that really means. Unbelievers are puzzled that God could love them in their despicable sin state. And Christian believers also have to be reminded that they are worthy of God’s grace through no action of their own. It is difficult to absorb the concept that God will excuse practically all dastardly deeds, even murder, by the grace purchased from Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice.
The Bible instructs, “when sin abounds, grace shall that much more abound”.
Except for the sin of knowledgeable blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, when God injects a newly created spirit to replace the dead spirit of any saint accepting the gift of salvation from Christ, any previous sin is deposited by God into the sea of forgetfulness never to be brought up again. Transgressions are removed “as far as the east is from the west” according to the Holy Scriptures.
This gift of redemption is freely given by God, not of works least any man would boast. One can never become worthy to receive this gift because as Isaiah the prophet states, “our righteousness is as filthy rags”.
Unbelievers make the assumption that God would not want them in church until they cleaned up their act or made some changes to a dubious lifestyle. There are not enough Ivory soap bars produced by Proctor and Gamble to clean anyone up where they would be clean enough to approach the presence of God. The spiritual song “Just as I Am” makes a distinctive proclamation that God’s favor cannot be earned by human action.
Even Christian converts attempt to revisit their filthy past, many times feeling guilty that God could overlook the horrendous things they did before their regeneration experience. While God does not bring up the past, many believers are held hostage by the person they used to be and find it difficult to accept that God could still love them.
“My grace is sufficient unto thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. For when you are weak, then I am strong” concisely explains God’s grace from the Bible.
The logic that one can become powerful in the very moment they are at their most vulnerable state is a paradox that escapes those that lack understanding about how the Holy Spirit operates and how one really can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.
Grace is confused with mercy. Mercy is not getting what you do deserve, and as created creatures of God, we all deserve eternal punishment for our sin and rebellion against God. For the wages of sin is death, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit”, saith the Lord of hosts in Zachariah 4:6.
However grace is getting what you don’t deserve, and the gift of salvation through forgiveness which brings redemption from the curse is totally an expression of the extravagant love and unmerited favor of God.
There is a song which declares, “He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay” describes just a portion of the grace God extended to His creation when He did not have to.
It truly is Amazing Grace.