Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) ~
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Undeserved favor, unearned forgiveness, unmerited mercy. I have a head knowledge of grace but so often I live my life in such a way that it seems as if I'm trying to earn my salvation.
Sometimes I have the mistaken, internal belief that if I do enough good things or work really hard at living out my faith, that I have an in with God. Yet, that is not what grace is at all. Grace is a free gift. I can do nothing to earn it, there are not enough good works in the world to make me deserve it. I am completely broken and separated from God except for this beautiful gift of grace that He gives me.
God's grace covers me when I stumble and fall. His grace is the Lord's hand of mercy extended to me when I mess up. He offers grace to me on a daily basis.
Grace when I react in anger to my family.
Grace when I have a bad attitude towards ministry.
Grace when I know the right thing to do and end up choosing the wrong thing.
Grace when I cannot do anything in my own strength.
His grace is the very thing that keeps me continually on my knees, thanking Him for every single thing in my life. I find it fitting that my middle name is Ann which means grace. It's a reminder to me each day that I have been given a wonderful gift. A free gift. An underserved gift.