And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” Luke 19:5
We need only to look at Jesus to know our God is a God of grace. Jesus’ actions personify grace. We see Him dealing with all kinds of people, not to condemn them, but to lift them up, encourage them, and turn them toward God.
He told the adulterous woman He didn’t condemn her; she was just to go and sin no more (John 8:11). Although He knew about Zaccheus’s ill-gotten gains as a hated tax collector, Jesus was nevertheless willing to visit the man’s house (Luke 19:5). Jesus demonstrated grace even to the hypocritical, legalistic Pharisees: He pointed out their sins so they would repent.
Grace also means forgiveness for the times we sin. Does that mean we can live in any manner we choose and get away with it? NO! While God forgives His children, He also disciplines them. Allowing us to get by with something God knows will ultimately destroy our lives wouldn’t be an act of grace. It would be an act of careless indifference, and that’s simply not who He is. He’s a God of grace.
The theme of the Christian life is grace—God’s abundant goodness, love, and mercy toward His children. The truth is, before we ever finish enjoying the goodness and kindness that He’s given us, He piles on more goodness and kindness, and then more again. John calls it “grace upon grace” (John 1:16 NASB).
Having been saved by grace and now walking in a grace-filled relationship with God, we are to respond to grace toward others. Ask the Holy Spirit to widen your vision of God’s grace, and seek ways to live it out.
Widen my vision, Holy Spirit. Assure me of Your grace at work in me and show me ways to live it out each day.