Once, during a British conference on comparative religions, experts were discussing if there was any belief truly unique to Christianity. Creation, incarnation, and resurrection were quickly eliminated because of examples in other religions. C.S. Lewis wandered into the room and enquired as to the topic of conversation. When the debate was explained to him, without hesitation, Lewis replied, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”
Grace is so simple that it baffles the experts. Grace is what makes Christianity unique. Because of it, we have the opportunity to know Jesus as Savior and Friend. Grace helps us understand the difference between happiness and joy. It allows us to conquer all of our fears. There is nothing we can do to earn grace and there is no way that we can destroy it. In Ephesian 1:5-6, the Apostle Paul wrote: He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.
Grace is free and yet it is also priceless. It truly is amazing.
Since such grace has been given to us, we should always strive to treat others with grace. In doing so, we are imitating our Heavenly Father.
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Great stuff! CS Lewis has such clarity and a way of seeing through the forest. God’s grace is what we need right now in abundance.