Grace cannot act where there is either desert or ability. Grace does not help-it is absolute, it does it all. All thoughts below originate with William Newell
First, grace is God acting freely.
Is your life happy with letting God do anything He wants? Has your whimpering manipulated God, or your bizarre flip-out? Can your smug religious works move Him? Not this God. He “doeth whatsoever He will in the army of heaven.” Do you have a sense of privilege? — Entitlement? This attitude can never know God. Nobody has rite of passage without God’s free giving.
Second, God works only after His own nature of love.
God cannot take on another person’s character. We take on His. God put Jesus on a cross out of a love for you and me. God didn’t care who was offended by it (many were), because He did it for the ultimate salvation of mankind. Any prayer to God that violates His grace giving nature will fall on deaf ears. Forget about the old “call down fire from heaven” stuff.
What kinds of people oppose grace? Gainsayers, Pharisees, guilt obsessed, suspicious; do-gooders, people pleasers, idol worshippers, humanists, and those living in an anti-God spirit resist grace. Most of us.
Grace does not circumstantially help our life, it provided for our present life from past foreknowledge. Any ability that I have that views God as aloof, knows how to hinder grace. Anything that would qualify me a would-be recipient of grace-on-demand destroys grace.
Next, man’s believing is God’s gift to him, and mans seeking is God’s drawing him. Man’s belief in God’s existence is God’s revealing Himself to man. God rewards His own working in man and man’s response to Him. See what I mean?
Humility happens when grace dawns.
In order to continue in daily grace I must take sides with something which my flesh hates. Paul exercised himself to have a conscience void of offense before God and men. The offence or “skandalon” is Greek for a scandal, a stumbling block. Grace in its fullness appears a scandal to men’s depraved flesh. Romans 5:20 says, “Where sin does abound grace does much more abound,” So, is Grace a license to sin? You might be accused of believing it. Do you care for accusations? When we find acceptance as another seems to be rejected, do we feel like a fraud? Perhaps they get acceptance and we wait. Do you mind?
I begin to love grace, fellowship with it, apply it, enjoy it, give it and keep receiving it in all of my ups and downs. I grow in it, am strong in it, manage its inflow and outflow. Finally, I labor more than them all, yet not I but the grace of God in me.
Beloved, God’s love, faithfulness, mercy, and compassion are all because of who He is. His freedom works for us because He loves Grace and delights in mercy. God did everything for us in His totally benevolent nature. This is the point. God is fully dependable, cannot lie, loves unconditionally, and redeemed every man, conditioned only on believing, simply because He acts according to His awesome nature. Love ya