A Thing Called Grace
Romans 5:20 Here you are reading this devotional and maybe you're wondering what Christianity is all about. Is it just another choice in a sea of religious options? What makes Christianity any better or worse than the others?
Well, a lot separates Christianity from religion—at least true Christianity, the kind that Jesus came to deliver. But one separates them from the rest. It's a word called grace.
What is grace? Grace is undeserved mercy. Whose mercy? God's mercy towards you and towards me.
We live in a world filled with sin. You don't have to look very far to see that. And every year it seems to get worse. Violence, murder, mayhem.
Yet the Bible says that as big as sin is, grace is bigger. You see, God hates sin, it violates His holy nature. But God also loves sinners. Sinners are why He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross. His love conquered the power of sin.
Most religions teach that mankind is basically good and that to make God happy, we just have to paper over our sins with a thick layer of good works. The problem with that theory is that it doesn't work. Religion frustrates. It separates the "good people" from the "bad people."
The Bible says that we're all bad people. We all sin against God. And yet we're all eligible for God's grace. The more sin, the more grace.
I'm glad for God's grace, because I know how sinful I am. I'm grateful for the cleansing power of Jesus blood on the Cross, which took away my sin and exchanged it with God's righteousness. I'm thankful for the Holy Spirit who now lives inside me and helps me live for God.
I'm thankful for grace, because each time I see the ugliness of my own heart, I'm reminded each time that God's grace is bigger.
Have you experienced God's grace? If you haven't, why not talk to your pastor or youth leader or parents and ask about how to become a Christian. You can also click here.
Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, or at danieldarling.com.