Romans 5:17 says, “If by one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Imagine someone approaching you with “I don’t know anything about God. Would you describe Him to me?” How would you explain to the person what God is like? Many years ago, Art Linkletter hosted a television show “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” On that show a little boy was drawing a picture of God. Art Linkletter said, “but nobody knows what God looks like” to which the little boy replied, “they will when I get through.”
There is a lot of confusion, even among believers, about who God is. Some, thinking He’s a God of judgment and vengeance, live in fear of Him. That belief can leave us doubting and afraid, wondering exactly what would cause God to stop loving us.
Scripture reveals the truth: He is the God of grace. Grace is God’s goodness and kindness that is freely shown toward us, and it has two amazing qualities.
First, grace is given to us regardless of whether we deserve it. Our good works or personal qualities cannot bring us God’s grace, nor can our failures cause God to withdraw it. We look at grades, scorecards, and performance evaluations in determining who receives what, but God does not look at merit.
Second, grace is given freely to us. There is no cost. Our world does not operate this way, but our God does. Not only at the point of salvation but throughout our Christian life, we are invited to come as we are, acknowledge our sinfulness, and receive forgiveness and God’s grace.