Most of the time, we think of grace in the context of failure. This is understandable, since we are in such a mess. Through a relationship with Jesus, God has offered forgiveness and his undeserved favor in the midst of our self-inflicted plight. Even in a dynamic relationship with God, we still fail and are reminded of how much we need his grace for forgiveness.
But grace is not just for failure. God’s grace serves as “training” for life. We can experience abundant life with God because of his grace. It would be best to think of grace as how God sustains us today, not only after a future failing. Grace is for living, loving, and growing. It is for right now, “in this present age.”
For me, that’s a significant paradigm shift.
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I believe that you have hit on something key here. It is by the grace of God that we are permitted to live, breath, work and play. He has given use the gift of prayer, and hope through no merit of our own. We all understand that the gift of Jesus Christ is an act of grace because we can receive forgiveness for our wrong doing, but the gift of Jesus is also a gift in that we can strive to emulate Him and make the world a better place. We didn’t earn knowledge of His perfect example so it must be considered a gift of grace. Understanding grace in the context that you described helps me to better understand how we are children of God (Romans 8:16). Just as a loving father on earth provides for his children, God, our Heavenly Father provides for us… all as a gift of grace. Thank you for that insight.