Unmerited Favor


Shrader Weaver

My grandson is teaching me about grace since he’s come to live with me.

One evening we were going to Bible study and I was reminding him of his behavior the previous week. After hearing me belabor the point, he said, “Grandma, I’m going to makes some mistakes.”

His comment caused me to realize that I often focus on the law, rather than grace. I like thinking of grace being unmerited favor. The law is against us, unattainable. God’s grace is for us, a free gift.

We can trust in God’s grace and move forward, knowing that when we fail, God will be there for us. Or we can rely on our own effort to get it right and alternate between pride when we succeed and guilt when we miss it.

I don’t know all I need to know about grace, but I know enough to know I need more of it, more of accepting it gratefully from God, and more of pouring it out for others.

“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5b-6