God’s grace is an incredibly difficult concept to describe. The main reason is that as recipients of this grace we are not in a position to fully appreciate the cost of it. We are the experiencers of grace and not the dispensers of it. God extends and applies his grace to us and we can rejoice in its effects in and on our lives.
The world does not always understand why the Church speaks of grace as often as it does. The world does not rightly understand why we talk about God’s grace in the way we do (or should!). The reason for this failure is that until you experience God’s grace it is difficult, if not impossible, to make any sense of what God has done for us.
The power of God’s grace is that we are no longer lost and separated from God. Only God had the requisite authority and power to forgive sinners and restore our fellowship with him. There is nothing that we can do or say that would convince God to accept us. The reason is that there is nothing that we can offer to God that he would find acceptable. God, by the power of his grace, transforms us from what who we were born as to these new creations in Christ’s image.
Grace is powerful because the one who offers it and applies has the power to accomplish what he purposes. For this I give thanks. And for this I am grateful.