AN EDIFYING DEFINITION OF GRACE
Here is the interesting definition of grace according to the Strong concordance:
« Grace is the divine influence on the heart and its reflection in life.
Read Titus 2:11-14 in the light of this definition, you will be blessed by better understanding the work of this grace.
Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God, source of salvation for all men, has been manifested.
12 It teaches us (by exercising this divine influence on our hearts) to renounce ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live in this world according to wisdom, justice and piety,
13 Waiting for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
14 He gave himself for us, to make amends for all injustice, and to make himself (which means by his grace) a people of his own, purified by him and zealous for good works.
THE INFLUENCE OF GRACE
Under the New Covenant, we are placed under grace, that is, under the direct influence of the Lord who works in our hearts to bring us to do His will. Under the law, this influence did not exist. God’s people heard God’s law, but without it being the powerful living Word of God exerting divine influence on their hearts: they were left to themselves, to their own strength to obey the lifeless letter of the law. Israel was under the slavery of this law, whose influence was essentially exerted on the flesh, stirring up its desires and provoking the reactions of sin. Since the death of Jesus, we are called to live in freedom in order to be held back by nothing, but to experience a perfect relationship with God, and so that He may manifest His grace towards us, that is, exercise His holy influence on our hearts. This is how we become exclusively His work in Jesus Christ.
LET US WATCH OVER OUR HEARTS
Today, the Spirit of grace lives in us. He is at the centre of all God’s work. Above all, therefore, we must be careful not to turn to false doctrines that would surreptitiously distort our faith and turn us away from God. We must also be careful not to harden our hearts in the difficult circumstances of our lives, but to always take our cross to endure them.
Thus the Lord will fulfill all His will in us. And then only His grace will be glorified. All we have to do now is throw our crown at His feet, for yes, to Him alone be all the glory! Amen.