031 | Undeserved Favor

Grace Came Down
I am journaling through the book titled The Essential Jesus: 100 Readings Through the Bible's Greatest Story written by Whitney T. Kuniholm. I am on the 31st passage reading.
the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God..." (Luke 1:30)
The second definition in The American Heritage Dictionary for the word favor states "Friendly or favorable regard; approval or support: won the favor of the monarch; looked with favor on the plan."

This announcement made to Mary was the beginning of a new era. The era of favor. A time period marked by the mercy and grace of God. This new era would begin with a pregnant unwed teenager in Galilee. Just as God found favor with Mary, God would find favor with us through the baby Mary would give birth to in Bethlehem: Jesus. Because of Jesus God finds favor with us.
As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)
I have heard grace defined as "undeserved favor". It is a free gift from the Creator of everything. We have not earned this favor or done anything to deserve it. In fact, according to the Bible, we have fallen way short of the favor of God.
...There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:22-24)
Why would God give us something that we simply don't deserve. Why would God desire to find favor with us?
..when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)
Why? Because of God's kindness and love. God is love (1 John 4:16) and mercy flows from true love. So what is your response today, what is my response, to this undeserved gift of grace, the favor of God? Is it similar to Mary's response as recorded by Luke?
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
God has done incredible things for us, for me. My soul and my spirit rejoice today in my Savior!

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Photo credit: The photo in this post is titled "Grace Came Down". It was uploaded to flickr.com by sarowen on June 30, 2008.

11 comments:

  1. Very interesting photo to accompany your devotion. Grace is a wonderful gift. Thanks.

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  2. It is very humbling to be given something so wonderful and be so undeserving.

    Tina

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  3. Hi friend.. Interesting post.. Nice blog work.. keep it up..
    will drop by your site often.. Do find time to visit my blog and post your comments..
    Have a great day.. Cheers!!!

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  4. Very encouraging post. No doubt that God's grace is amazing.

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  5. Grace and a salvation which is so wonderful, and which cost our Lord and Savior so much, definitely calls me to embrace it, but to also work out my salvation with fear and trembling, and with a sense of awed gratitude and responsibility.

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  6. Grace is something contrary to human nature. Humans respond to like behavior. He still respond with the old maxim, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. We always demand justice for what we perceived as an injustice done to us. Only the Spirit of God will make us pardon those who do evil to us and make us love our enemies. Thanks for the beautiful post. God bless you always.

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  7. Hi friend.. Interesting post.. Nice blog work.. keep it up..
    will drop by your site often.. Do find time to visit my blog and post your comments..
    Have a great day.. Cheers!!!

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  8. Thanks for the reminder about God's grace poured out on me! Phillip Yancey's book titled "What's So Amazing About Grace" is a great tool in helping to understand not only God's grace towards us but how we as believers extend grace towards others. This is my first time visiting but I will be back :-)

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  9. And knowing you Brad for many years, and now far away from you in distance, I doubly appreciate the favor of God in your life as I see how you have grown. Thanks.

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  10. I am honored to have you all take the time to comment at my blog. It is always very encouraging to me. Thank You.

    Mel: You are so right. Grace is simply contrary to human nature. Without God it would be very difficult in any significant and real way to live grace out.

    Just a quick thought that popped into my mind. Without the sacrifice of Christ God's grace would ultimately undermine God's justice.

    Anonymous: I have read several Yancey books and loved them all. I plan to read that one. I have heard very good things about it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I look forward to your future visits and comments.

    Thank you Dave. Your a good friend. :)

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  11. Brad, thank you for sharing such a powerful message about God's Grace. Blessings.

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