When you have no rules, how do you know when you've followed them? Chuck Swindoll says some resist grace because they want to have a measure of their spirituality.
The word grace is a short, simple word. But understanding the biblical depth and meaning of grace can take a lifetime of study and application. It's almost a shame that a word describing suppleness of movement or a short, quick prayer before a meal is the same word we use to describe God's unfathomable love for sinners. Nevertheless, it is grace that moves Him to offer us the free gift of salvation and forgiveness.
Grace is what compelled the Apostle Paul to write of a mystery never understood before (1 Corinthians 2:7-13). Grace is also what allows us to relax into another's accepting embrace as he or she gives us the freedom to discover our unique journey laid out by God. So relax as we journey together down the path toward freedom and the wonderment of the surpassing riches of God's grace!
It isn't always easy to extend grace to others. And it can be downright risky. Chuck Swindoll gives a measurement for how he knows when he's preaching grace sufficiently.
It's natural to want to reciprocate when you receive a free gift. Chuck Swindoll tells a story of a time when it was hard for him to simply accept another's labour of kindness.
It’s always hard to come up with a fitting definition for such a deep and wide concept as grace. Chuck Swindoll and Michael Easley offer up some descriptions of God’s grace toward us.