When Billy Graham was driving through a small southern town, he was stopped by a policeman and charged with speeding. Graham admitted his guilt, but was told by the officer that he would have to appear in court.
The judge asked, “Guilty or not guilty?” When Billy Graham pleaded guilty, the judge replied, “That’ll be ten dollars a dollar for every mile you went over the limit.”
Suddenly the judge recognized the famous evangelist minister. “You have violated the law,” he said. “The fine must be paid but I am going to pay it for you.” He took a ten dollar bill from his own wallet, attached it to the ticket, and then took Billy Graham out and bought him a steak dinner! That, said Billy Graham is how God treats repentant sinners! (Progress Magazine, December 14, 1992)
The definition of “Grace”:
The Greek word is “charis” meaning:
- Early meaning, to rejoice
- Sweetness or attractiveness
- Favor or goodwill
Grace, the favor of God toward man:
God’s favor is available to all sinners, who actually do not deserve it
- The unearned, underserved or unmerited favor
- God goodness those who have no claim on, nor reason to expect, God divine favor
- So “grace” is therefore, God’s unmerited favor to man
- Grace means to get something that you do not deserve, unmerited favor
The greatest act of grace is:
The gift of salvation from God
Salvation, is available for all people through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord
(Ephesians 2:8-9) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
“We do not get saved by works; we are saved by grace through faith”
“Grace is not reserved for good people; grace underscore, the goodness of God”
“Grace is the vehicle God uses on occasion to ensure that we get precisely what we don’t deserve” by Andy Stanley
Riverside COGOP, family, and friends, the month of November is “Grace” let us emphasize, stress, and reinforce the goodness of God each day.
(John 1:14) The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his divine greatness--the greatness that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth.
Posted on Mon, November 4, 2013
by Bishop Jose Orona filed under