The grace of God is one of the pillars of our Christian faith. It’s so important for us to understand, accept and apply in our lives. We discussed a lot about what grace really means in the previous article. Now you need to know how to apply God’s grace in your life.
How to receive God’s grace?
Before you can apply God’s grace though, you’ll need to know how to receive it.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”Romans 5:1-2
You receive God’s grace by faith. Faith being believing and trusting strongly in something you haven’t seen or touched. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you receive God’s forgiveness, love and grace. All of it.
But it doesn’t end there only. It’s not only when we become Christians that we need and receive God’s grace. We continue to need this grace and power daily to sustain us as Christians.
“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen“2 Peter 3:18
We grow in the grace of God when we learn how to apply it daily in our lives.
How to apply God’s grace in your life
1. You apply God’s grace by living freely
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”Romans 8:1-2
Because of the grace that is in Jesus Christ, you are no longer doomed and lost but set free. Truly free. The amazing thing is because of grace, you no longer have to follow rules and laws which lead to guilt and shame.
You’re no longer scared of being punished, no longer have to work to gain Gods favor you don’t have pressure to perform to God. You are free from all that. Free to follow God and live a life that is righteous with His help.
2. You apply God’s grace by living a life of gratitude
” For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.”2 Corinthians 4:15
When you understand the power of God’s free grace in your life and that it came through Jesus without anything you had to or have to do to earn it, you live a life of gratitude. You thank God for what He did daily.
You understand that you’re alive today not because you’re smart, intelligent or strong but solely and purely because of God’s grace. And you become thankful to God and give glory to Him alone.
3. You can live in the confidence of God’s love
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Romans 5:8
It’s because of love that grace came. The amazing love that God had for us. So you can live confidently knowing that you are fully loved by the Creator of heaven and earth. This means you don’t have to continue looking for people approval because you’re loved perfectly and unconditionally.
Grace is proof of God’s love. It’s done, my friend. You never have to doubt if you’re worthy of His love because you totally are. The Cross is Grace. The Cross is love. The evidence exists. So live boldly and confidently in that love.
4. You apply God’s grace by drawing from His strength
“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you”1 Peter 5:10
God’s grace gives us strength when times are hard especially. Being a Christian is not easy. It’s going against what’s popular. It’s going against what’s easy. The only thing that can sustain, strengthen and save us on this narrow road is God’s grace.
5. You live an intentional life because of God’s grace
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”2 Corinthians 8:9
Jesus sacrificed His life and identity for you. He gave you His all on the Cross. God’s grace means you’ve been given a second chance in life. You’re no longer doomed but you’ve been set free.
This freedom can’t be wasted. Because of God’s grace, you’re compelled to live an intentional life, using your gifts, skills, talents and time to serve God and others.
6. Obey God and live a Godly life
When you accept God’s grace, you desire to obey Him and live a Godly life that pleases Him. If someone loves you so much that they save you from eternal death and gives you a new lease of life for free without requiring anything from you, it makes you want to dedicate your life to that person.
While you may want to repay God for His grace, nothing you do can even be enough to do that. You can only accept His grace as the gift that it is and ask Him to help you become more and more like Jesus Christ. That is the closest you will ever come to repaying Him.
7. You can forgive others
Grace means you’ve been forgiven for all your past, current and future sins. So understanding God’s grace means you accept this forgiveness for yourself and can extend it to others who need it.
Forgiveness is not always easy when we do it with our own understanding and flesh. It requires the Holy Spirit to help us do it.
My Encouragement to You
God’s grace is full of power and is enveloped in His love for us and forgiveness. What an awesome God we serve that He would extend this grace to us for free. I pray that you and I will grow in this grace and learn to apply is daily so we may live a life that pleases our Lord.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing grace which I accept daily by faith to sustain, save and strengthen me. Teach me how to apply this grace daily so I can become more and more like Jesus Christ. I’m humbled that you’ve given me this grace freely.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen