Grace…it’s about getting chocolate cake when you deserved to go to bed without dinner. It’s about a hug and a snuggle when you really deserved to get your hide tanned. Grace is a word that is thrown around in our culture in such a careless manner, but what does it really mean?
Romans 5:15 says “But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.”
So what does that have to do with chocolate cake? It’s truly about love. See that “one man” referenced in Romans 5:15 is Adam. Remember him? He was created by God as the first man ever. He was provided with the perfect home…the Garden of Eden. Then, God fashioned Adam a help mate…Eve so that he would not be alone. Well, Adam sinned. This scripture calls it “the offense”. The offense or sin was the downfall of the human race. That sin has caused, and will continue to cause many to die. Those who fail to proclaim Jesus Christ as their Savior will face that eternal death that Adam faced. Oh, but then there is grace! The gift of God’s grace is Jesus Christ. That grace provides eternal life…when you are willing to accept it. Jesus Christ is the chocolate cake to your temper tantrum of the day. He comes to you when you don’t deserve Him, and yet you still get the joy of receiving Him. What’s even better? Jesus Christ will stay with you forever, and He will never cause your favorite jeans to fail to zip.
Justin Holcomb of Christianity.com says “Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God.” Dear One, even on the worst of days, when you are most unloveable, unlovely, and deserve the bottom of the barrel, God gives you grace that comes in the form of Jesus Christ. Oh, and when you choose to declare Him as your Savior…when you are willing to accept the cake that you in no way, shape or form deserve, He loves you so much that He will give you eternal life. That Dear One is grace…I for one think I’ll pass on the chocolate cake today, and embrace Jesus Christ…well, I’ll have cake too! Life is sweeter with a little chocolate isn’t it?