The Bible tells us to "Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." In Max Lucado's new book, Grace Happens Here, he reminds us that Salvation is God's business. Grace is His idea, His work and His expense. God's Grace is more powerful than sin. Keep reading and let excerpts from Lucado's book and Scripture help you start receiving the freely given Grace of Almighty God today...
Sometimes we get so caught up in our own works that we forget Romans 8, which says "nothing can separate us from the Love of God." You don't have to be perfect to receive God's Grace -- only willing. Lucado says, "To discover grace is to discover God's utter devotion to you, His stubborn resolve to give you a cleansing, healing, purging love that lifts the wounded back to their feet."
Matthew 7:7 says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." All He awaits is your request. Jesus treats our past with grace. He'll take the weight of it all -- if you'll ask Him. The work of Jesus Christ on the cross makes this precious gift of Grace available to you. Max reminds us "Christ came to earth for one reason: to give His life as a ransom for you, for me, for all of us."
The Apostle Paul reminds us, "He who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion on the day of Jesus Christ." Trust God's Grace by receiving forgiveness. Forgive yourself. See yourself as God's dear child who He's remodeling daily. Let Grace overpower your past and create in you a clean conscience. "But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Grace is the power of God that keeps your engine going. God says, "For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Continue to follow hard after God and don't let your memory paralyze you.
Max says the Graciousness of God empowers us to love boldly and live robustly. Start loving others and start grasping the heart of God. "The Lord's love never ends, His mercies never stop. They are new every morning." Wake up to this Scripture and start your day on the receiving end of God's endless love. Max reminds us because God has forgiven us, we can forgive others. Because He has a forgiving heart we can have a forgiving heart. Extend the gift of grace to others and remember that God's powerful grace is made perfect in our weakness.
Another great book to understand what grace means is "In the Grip of Grace" by Max Lucado.