If we’re going to understand our Father and have a meaningful relationship with Him we need to understand grace.
Grace is one of the cornerstones of God’s character. It’s His grace that saves us, that makes us new creations. It’s by His grace that we are adopted into His family. His grace is what makes us righteous.
Grace is defined as, “That which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor or acceptance. A favor done without expectation of repayment. The free expression of the love of God to men finding its only motive in the benevolence of God.” To put it more simply, it is the unearned, unmerited favor of God.
When we don’t understand grace we will struggle to see God as our Father.
This is why many Christians stay far from God. They believe that God doesn’t love them or favor them. They don’t know that they live in the favor of God. So, they work to try to earn His love and favor, and exhaust themselves in the process.
It is God’s will that we be saved by grace through faith, but He does not want us to stop there.
Salvation by grace is not just a one-time experience that guarantees we will go to heaven when we leave this earth. We are to live our whole lives in and by His grace.
This shows us God’s fatherly nature. A good father doesn’t just want his child to be born and then leave him or her to face life alone. He protects, provides and leads his child in the best way possible. This is what God does for us by His grace. He does not raise us to new life and leave us helpless.
“Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence,” (2 Peter 1:3).
Our Father has given us everything we need to succeed in life and our relationship with Him.
He shows us His love through providing for us by His grace.
I encourage you to go through the New Testament and read about God’s grace. Read the verses out loud. Speak them over yourself. I promise that you’ll move into a deeper relationship with God. You’ll no longer try to earn His love and acceptance because you’ll see that He’s already given them to you by grace.