Grace is Not a Blue Eyed Blond

    I used to have in my library a book entitled, “Grace Is Not A Blue Eyed Blond.”  We may know a person by the name of Grace and she may have eyes of blue and be blond but that is not Biblical grace.  Then, what is grace?

    There are three words used in Scripture that we need to understand.  They are “justice, mercy and grace.”  They are different.   Justice is deserved punishment.  Mercy is exemption from punishment.  Grace is favor when punishment is deserved and paid for. 

    Let me use my son, Tim’s, illustration in explaining these terms.
He used to be a police officer so he describes it like this.  He arrives on a scene where through carelessness, the driver, you, have jumped the curb while driving your car.  You damaged your car and you knocked down and destroyed a city sign.  Now, Tim surveys the scene and you admit that the accident was your fault.  Tim gives you a ticket for careless driving. He assigns you a court date and informs you that the city will be in touch with you, so that you can pay for a new sign.  That’s justice, deserved punishment.
    But, let’s say that out of the goodness of his heart, he says, “I know that such an accident could happen to anybody and you’ve got to pay for damages to your car, so I’ll just let it go, no ticket, and you don’t have to pay for the city sign.”  He is taking pity on you.  That’s mercy. not justice.  You are exempt from punishment, paying the ticket, but someone has to pay for the damaged city sign. 
    But, let’s say that Tim was really generous and he tells you, your going to get a ticket but he will pay for it.  Not only that, he pulls out his check book and writes you a check to pay for the full amount of the damaged car.  Plus, he will pay for the damaged city sign.  Unbelievable as that may be, that’s  grace.  Grace is God’s everything to us who deserve nothing.  

Justice is getting what we deserve.
Mercy is God withholding from us the bad things we deserve.
Grace is God giving to us the good things we don’t deserve.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”   Ephesians 2:8
                     Grace is God’s part.  Faith is man’s response.

2 Responses to “Grace is Not a Blue Eyed Blond”

  1. Last Sunday in a Bible Study class on the “End Times”, the teacher said: “too many people do whatever they want to do and credit it to God’s grace.” The one liner of Scripture in Luke 16 was about divorce in the chapter used for the end times lesson.
    Someone wondered why the Scripture was in that context. Thus the comment.

  2. I enjoyed this very much. I enjoy your writing. Thanks for putting me on your mailing list.

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