The reality of God’s divine grace is something that we often have a difficult time grasping. Grace is a concept that defies our human logic. God’s grace moves in the lives of people on a daily basis. It is His divine blessing extended to humanity that offers the free gift of salvation through the work of Christ on the cross.
Christian theology hinges on the certainty of God’s grace. Grace is the undeserved favor of God given to those who do not deserve it. The following are some of the most common misconceptions about the grace of God.
Grace is not enough
Somehow we falsely believe that grace is not enough to provide salvation. We believe that we need something more to get into heaven. We have to have more faith, more prayer time or more service to the church. We believe that we have to do more spiritually because grace is too easy. There must be something more that we must do. When grace is no longer enough to gain salvation, salvation becomes about us instead of Jesus.
Grace can be earned
The false concept that grace can somehow be earned by enough good works or enough acts of service. We have to do enough good things to be able to get into heaven. If we could somehow earn grace, it wouldn’t be grace. How many good things would you have to do to get into heaven? The reality is that it is by grace alone that we gain entrance into heaven.
Grace allows us to sin
Another misconception is that because we live under God’s grace that it gives us the right to sin or behave however we wish. The reality is that we do live under the grace of God but it is not a license to sin or to go back to our old lives. The grace of God gives us the ability to live a godly life. Grace allows us to be empowered to walk with God and not walk in the old lifestyle.
It is vitally important that we take note of the words of Jesus on His purpose in coming to earth.
I have come that they may have life and have it to the full John 10:10
Jesus Himself makes the purpose of coming to earth clear. He came to give us life when we were walking in death. Jesus came to give us the opportunity to experience genuine life and to do so in abundant fashion. The life that Jesus offers is full and overflowing with His divine grace. He gives us a life that we can get no other way. Jesus exchanges the emptiness of our unlived life for the depth of His fullness. It is an offer that we could never earn and never deserve. We have this offer all because of grace.
The truth is that to understand Christian belief one must have a firm grasp on the concept of grace. God offers us His grace freely and openly but we must be willing to accept it. Grace is never deserved but rather is a gift from God. Now is the time to open your heart and accept the free gift of grace that God offers.