The word grace conjures images of unconditional love, forgiveness, and a free pass for whatever I bring to the table, and there’s truth in this. However, in the closing words of his first letter, Peter has woven together two very different colors and textures of yarn:
…this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.1 Peter 5:12
At first reading, stand firm reads like the polar opposite of grace!
Grace is shoving over to make room on the comfy couch, offering a cozy blanket and a mug of tea.
Stand firm requires a straight spine and sensible shoes for a long day of attentiveness.
Stand firm requires sinewy obedience.
Impetuous Peter had received lots of grace from his Savior and Master. Grace extended after his denial of Christ gave him new hope, and Peter continued to set his “hope fully in the grace…brought…at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 5:13). He knew that every good work his hands found to do would come through grace.
Without True Grace, There Is NO Standing Firm
Peter conveys God’s true grace in his letter to struggling and persecuted Christians, knowing full well that their standing firm would be costly. He knew that without God’s true grace, there would be no standing firm. In this short and simple verse, Jesus’s fisherman follower diffuses all the tension between grace and works:
True grace is not the opposite of obedience.
True grace empowers obedience.
“…this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.” (1 Peter 5:12)Tweet
Without God’s true grace, there is no standing firm.
God’s extended grace pardons sin, and it is the basis for God’s extravagant forgiveness.
It is also the means by which we serve and persevere in righteousness, in saying “no” to sin and “yes” to God.
Where do you most need TRUE GRACE to empower obedience in your life?
I look forward to interacting in the comments below because I am definitely a grace-dependent woman!
Holding you in the light,
True grace is not the opposite of obedience.Tweet
True grace empowers obedience.
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