I looked up at her and smiled. She is so precious to me! How do I explain the fullness of grace to her? The grace that I am only just beginning to grasp myself? I looked back down at the open Bible’s in both our laps.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2
Grace. What is grace? She answered slowly and thoughtfully:
“Grace is getting what we don’t deserve”
I nodded an emphatic agreement: “That is so true”! But yet there is so much more. There is another side of grace. Power. There is pardon in grace, but also power. I looked at her again sitting across from me on the couch. The couch!
Grace is a bit like a two-seated couch. One seat is pardon and getting the release from our sins that we do not deserve, and the other seat is the power to walk in the freedom the pardon brings. One seat with out the other is not a couch. A seat by it’s self would be a chair.
Grace is a blend of power and pardon. Pardon by it’s self, makes for a lazy Christian. Power by it’s self makes for a self reliant/focused Christian. We need the balance of them both! John Piper says,
Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.
Understanding that grace is pardon from sin – not an excuse to sin (Rom 6:1), is the beginning. The next step is realizing that grace is enables us to abide in Christ – to not sin. And that knowledge empowers us to serve. (1 Peter 4:10-11)
That is when grace flows through the pardon, into the power and becomes an action.
A couch without more than one seat, would not be a couch, it would be a chair. Grace without pardon AND power, would not be grace, it would be limited. <— Tweet This