One of the best illustrations I heard for grace comes in the form of an acronym. God’s riches at Christ’s expense. The concept of grace refers to free and unmerited favor; something you didn’t earn or deserve. The apostle Paul suggests there may be an occasional exemption made for a good person, but grace isn’t grace without a sacrifice.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die, Romans 5:7.
The beauty of grace comes in the form of the surprise. You could be having the worst day of your life, on the verge of becoming a prodigal or set on rebellion. No matter the candidate, God’s grace falls upon the worthy and unworthy. This is where the human mind struggles to grasp this concept as the grace which people extend on earth is often based upon results.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8.
This mindset produces the thought, “grace or no grace.” This selfish desire turns selective, forgiving those whom you like while holding grudges against those you despise. Human nature feeds this desire as grace is only offered to family, friends and the deserving. May the words of the passage above guide hearts and minds in the right direction, to love and forgive others just as Jesus did for you and me.
by Jay Mankus