Devotional

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ..  – John 1:16-17 (ESV).   

One way Jesus demonstrates His love is through pouring out “grace upon grace.” This means literally that He pours out His grace to us again and again and again, in ways we never expected or anticipated.  

Think about that for a second. God is a holy and righteous God, completely void of sin. He is perfect in all his ways. Nevertheless, when his children sin and grieve His Spirit, He calls us to repentance with open and loving arms saying, “Come home, child.” His knowledge of who we really are will never undermine His love for us. God’s grace is simply overwhelming. Every time I think of this reality, I’m brought to tears because I serve a God whose love and grace floors me over and over again.

Throughout the Scriptures, the message of this grace is proclaimed. “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin…” (Exodus 34:6–7). God doesn’t give me grace because I’ve earned it.  He gives me grace because He is gracious. God’s grace has absolutely nothing to do with me earning it.  “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Maybe you’ve heard sermons about grace. Or even read books about grace. But my hope is that you will look at grace in a completely different way from now on. Grace is one of the those topics that can be discussed at great length, but is best understood through real life experiences. Otherwise, it really won’t have as much effect. I have heard multiple sermons, podcast and read countless articles on grace. I’ve memorized Bible verses that describe grace. But at the end of the day, what has taught me the most about grace is my experiences and the stories of others who have experienced grace.

It’s my prayer you will powerfully experience the grace effect in your life — and no matter what you have done, no matter what has been done to you, you will personally experience the truth that grace is greater.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How can grace be summarized?
  2. What is it easy to believe we can earn God’s grace?