How to Receive God’s Grace?

July 30, 2010 by  
Filed under God and Spirituality, Grace

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How to receive God’s grace? How to receive this free gift from God which is given to us in Christ Jesus even before the beginning of time? In our previous post we have discussed “what is grace”. This time, we present answers from the Holy Scriptures on how we can receive God’s grace and how to stay in that grace.

It is written in the Holy Scriptures, God gives grace to the humble.

Proverbs 3:34 (NIV)
He mocks proud mockers
but gives grace to the humble.

James 4:6 (NIV)
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”

1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)
Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”

As a free gift from God, grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

2 Timothy 1:8-9 (NIV)
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

This is given to us along with the faith, truth and love that are in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:14 (NIV)
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

John 1:17 (NIV)
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

We can access this grace through our true faith and enduring love in Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Ephesians 6:24 (NIV)
Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.

We can flourish this grace through the knowledge and revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:2 (NIV)
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

1 Peter 1:13 (NIV)
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

To stay in grace, we should make it effective and productive.

2 Corinthians 6:1 (NIV)
As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Share it and spread it to more people to cause thanksgiving and spread out to the glory of God.

Romans 1:5-6 (NIV)
Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Also, to stay and stand in the grace of God, we must totally stay away from sins, and cling on righteousness.

Romans 6:12-14 (NIV)
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Finally, to stay in the grace of God which can gave us salvation, we must stay in our faith – a faith which is alive and is working and expressing through love.

Galatians 5:4-6 (NIV)
You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

God, who never breaks His promises, has promised to give grace to the humble. So, have you been humble all this time? If you are not – you should be humble now, to receive His grace. Through God’s great love and kindness, he gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who is full of grace, to wash our sins and bring us salvation and eternal life. Christ, humbled Himself and became a man, dwell with us, and died for us – to deliver the grace of God, which is given to us, through Him. We can access that grace: if we humble ourselves, put away our sins, and have faith which is working through our undying love in our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Note and Disclaimer: We usually use the New International Version (NIV) and New King James Version (NKJV) versions of the Bible. However, we also recommend our readers to do their own research and use other reliable translations, for them, to be able to discern what is fully accurate and truthful from what is not.

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