Robert and I were at our little family friendly eatery for lunch. Always people watching, I noticed a little girl around the age of two or three following her mother like a little chick. She was cute as one too with her blond pigtails and perfectly coordinated pink outfit.
Her wide blue eyes blinked up at me and held my gaze. She smiled. I smiled. She looked at Robert and smiled, giving her entire attention to us.
It reminded me of how God must look at us and smile. God sees the goodness in us. That is called grace.
Examples in the Bible and God’s Grace
For all the greatness that King David was known for, he still committed adultery and murder. God saw past that to David’s goodness.
Paul persecuted the early Christians, yet God saw his potential for good.
When Jesus first met Simon, he called him Peter, meaning Rock. Even though Peter would deny him not once but three times, Jesus saw the goodness in him.
Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
The Lord said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”
Grace is a Gift
In this world of earning a living and stressing and striving for achievement, and never feeling that what we do is enough, it’s a relief and comfort to know that God’s grace is given to us.
As with any gift, however, we have to reach out and take it. That is the only thing we need do to receive grace.
It is through grace that God gave me the beautiful words and provided a publisher for my book, God Notes – Daily Doses of Divine Encouragement. I can’t even begin to tell you how a gentleman named Jared Rosen came into my life and presented a publishing contract from Dreamsculpt and Waterside Productions and mentored me through the entire process.
On this subject of grace, I thought it only fitting to share the God Note on Grace with you.
Grace God Note
My grace is unconditional.
You are not in my good graces one minute and in bad graces another minute.
When you comprehend how much I love you, your life will take on a sense of grace and flow.
My grace and favor will chase you down.
My grace is sufficient for you. Believe it and claim it.
It is unfortunate that religion can distort the view that we have of God and that God has of us. If our view of God is that of the big score keeper in the sky, or an angry heavenly Father who is always disappointed in us (that’s what my view used to be), we are not able to accept grace.
If we are wrapped in shame or guilt over things we have done and feel unworthy, we are not able to accept grace.
For our part in accepting, we must believe we are worthy, to let go of our shame and guilt, and to believe in the goodness in ourselves and God. God is a loving God that created us to love us.
And in the words of the hymn Amazing Grace, “I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see.”
If you struggle in accepting grace, God Notes was written in the Spirit (Holy Spirit pun intended) in which God sees us. Here’s what others are saying.