Question of the week:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Explain How grace and peace has been and is being multiplied to you personally?
Once again, thanks for all the answers and some questions. It is a great blessing to me personally to know that you have spent time in the Word of God and have discussed the questions throughout the week with fellow believers.
Here is a summary of the answers given: one person answered: “Grace is simply a gift from God. Nothing is owed in return. No cost to receive it. Once the gift is given ownership of the gift has transferred and it is now ours to keep. Grace means “favor”, blessing, kindness. John 1:17; Ephesians 2:8.”
Another person answered: “How is grace being multiplied today: Acts 2:46-47. We are part of a vibrant growing church family. Being involved in men’ and women’s ministry, corporate worship, dish parties for continued fellowship to edification and encouragement as we follow Christ on this journey to greatness, recapturing biblical hope.”
A few comments that help you to understand the difference between mercy and grace. Mercy is when you don’t receive what you deserve: punishment. There are many wonderful examples in the Bible. Let’s take one of them from the New Testament where Jesus explains how great the Father’s mercy is in the story of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15:11-24. In the following verses 25-32 we get a picture of a person, in this case the brother, that does not understand what mercy is and how it looks like when applied. We may do well to learn from our heavenly Father how mercy can be multiplied personally. That means that sometimes we can extend mercy to others; sometimes we are the blessed recipients of mercy bestowed upon us by others. And what about the mercy we receive every day from our heavenly father. It is being multiplied, meaning applied ever so often, sometimes without us even knowing it.
What is grace? I would like to redefine grace so all of us can appreciate it even more. What about grace being the power that saved a wretch like me; That’s Amazing Grace, just as John Newton proclaimed in his beautiful song which we love to sing so often. God bestows and multiplies his grace to us every day. So much so it carries the danger of taking it for granted.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive MERCY AND FIND GRACE to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)