The Fifth Day of Christmas
All that we have received from God and all that is promised to us in the ages to come is given by God’s grace. Grace is the outworking of God’s Love. It is extended to us because without it we would be and could do nothing. Grace declares us free from the judgment that we deserve for our offences. Grace defends us before the works of the enemy.
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17
Grace extends to us favor beyond the limit of the law. Grace is the force of God’s goodness that makes it possible for us to receive His blessing despite our sin, our unworthiness and our guilt. Grace is a gift.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God…” Ephesians 2:8
Grace is the means by which we enter into the resources of Heaven reserved for those who trust in God for salvation. By grace we are saved through faith. Faith and Grace work hand in hand with Love. Love motivates grace and by faith we receive grace through love working in us by the Holy Spirit.
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:6
Grace looks beyond our faults, our failures and our unworthiness and meets our needs. Grace does not license sin, it does not condone evil nor any of the works of darkness. Grace accounts for the law by placing Himself in the place of judgment, taking all the penalty of sin on Himself. This is what Jesus did on the cross when He cried,
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” Luke 23:34
As we celebrate this fifth day in our 12 days of Christmas, consider the unmerited favor God has extended to us in Jesus Christ. This Babe in the manger came to take on Himself the sins of the whole world and give us grace to live free from the death we deserved, to rescue us from the hell we were destined to live in and deliver us from the grave where our old sinful nature was buried in baptism. This Child, this Savior, this Man, this God, this Lord whose birth we celebrate today is the God of Grace and Love, our Father, our Lord our Savior and our King.
As you have opportunity today, show the grace of God to someone who needs to know they are forgiven. Forgive a debt owed to you. Pay a debt that another cannot pay to be free from debt. Give and it will be given unto you good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over because of God’s grace. [Luke 6:38]