Grace for the wretched
By Nzwisisai Gonese
Let’s talk about grace, what is it really and who is it for?
Grace in biblical terms is defined as unmerited or undeserved favour, that is; a free gift from God that we have not or can ever earn. Grace is not for the deserving. Grace is given to all human beings regardless of religious affiliations or belief systems. It is God’s free gift to all mankind and it has absolutely nothing to do with anything you might have done to merit it (Ephesians 2:8-9 … 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast). Grace is not validated by our works else it ceases to be grace (Romans 11:6 “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace…”).
When you have made a big enough mess of your own life it is in that moment that Grace finds you in your wretchedness; God steps in and puts together the myriad pieces of your brokenness. Grace locates you and finds you in the place of your need and vulnerability. God literally rescues us from ourselves, our bad decisions and our helplessness.
You cannot understand the sweetness of grace until you have reached the point of seemingly no redemption in your life (the end of your road). Grace will speak to the harshest storm in your life and calm it and give you a ‘second wind’ to stand face to face against what woes you.
The song writer wrote:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come.
T’was grace that brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home
God is really our ‘saving grace’ Acts 15:11 “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved…” As Titus said: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11). His grace gives you direction when you have come to the end of all possible options and have not the faintest idea of where to turn, where to go or how to get there. Grace then becomes your ‘true north’; it begins where you end. It uplifts you when you are drowning in a pool of sorrow, disappointment and oblivion. Grace detangles you when you are entrapped in a tangled web of ill-conceived decisions. When you are overwhelmed by the very essence of life, grace enables you to be more than what you or life have reduced yourself to; it enables us to become. His grace freely justifies us (Romans 3:24) as it restores and empowers us.
Grace is when God looks at you with loving eyes and in spite of the person you are and have become, he says to you “I have loved you with an everlasting love and I have drawn you with my loving kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3). I am able to make all grace, all grace, abound towards you so that you will have all you will need in sufficiency and that you will abound in every good work that you will do (2 Corinthians 9:8). All this and more he will do, not because you have been weighed and found worthy but just because he wills it on you; as unworthy as you are.
The Lord longs to be gracious towards us, most assuredly, his grace is sufficient for you and his strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
As I conclude my matter, above all things I pray that “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. “(Numbers 6:24-26). For it is that peace of the Lord that surpasses all that can be understood (Philippians 4:7).