Lesson 17
Walking in God’s grace and love

  To comprehend the love of God, we need to go to the Scriptures.  We will start with the word “grace”, because this is God’s favour towards man which involves forgiveness, salvation, re-generation, repentance, and love. 
Grace has many different meanings :-
“checed “(Hebrew)  translated as mercy, kindness, loving kindness and good news.

“chen”(Hebrew)  used as the action of a superior human or divine to an inferior.
It speaks of undeserved favour and is translated grace and favour.  Grace is preferred to mercy as it includes that of a divine power that equips a man to live a moral life.  Every step in the process of a Christian life is due to grace. 
Galatians 1.15 is the core,
'But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,'

2 Timothy 2:25, speaks of repentance,
'in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.'

Ephesians  2:8-9 speaks of faith,
'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.'

Romans 1:5 speaks of obedience,
'by whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.'

Romans 8:28-30…speaks of future glory,
'And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.'

Therefore, grace must also be related to that of eternal life. This is what God has given us through His grace.  Grace is woven right through the Bible from Genesis  to Revelation.  And to study these passages, which are many, would certainly encourage every believer. This can be done through your own concordance.
  George, my horse, was stolen from us by a very unreasonable person.  I asked the Lord how to deal with this, He led me to the Scripture,  if someone takes your cloak, give him your coat as well.

'And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.'  (Luke 6:29)

“Lord how will this get George back? I asked.
Wait”, came His answer. 
  I waited for three months.  Then the Lord said, put £200 in £10 notes in an envelope, get in your horse box and she will release George today.  I drove to the yard where I knew George was, put down the ramp of the horse box and went up to the lady and sat down beside her.
  I said, “I know that really you are a good lady and will do the right thing in releasing George to me today, so I have brought you this gift”.
  I handed her the money and she counted it slowly. 
“Yes, you may take George now”.  She called her daughter over, who was riding George.  Her daughter dismounted and handed me the reigns and I took George home thanking the Lord all the way.
  The next day, this lady phoned me, “I haven’t slept all night, I have to ask you this question.  I stole George and for 3 months you did nothing and then you gave me a gift of money, why did you do that?”
  “Because God loves you”, I replied.
  “How can God love me? she blurted out, “ I have hurt so many people”.
  “God loves you so much”, I replied.  He took your hurt, your sin, your problems upon Himself and died on the cross for you”.
  She burst into tears, “ I want to become a Christian right now, I will never hurt another person again”. 
  I led her through the sinners prayer and her life was totally transformed from that moment on.
  Was this God’s grace, or was this God's love, or both?  God treats us differently to how man treats us.  If that lady had gone to jail, she would probably come out of jail just as hard and unchanged.  But God, through His grace and love, gave her a second chance, as He does for each one of us.  His love breaks down the hardest heart and brings to us, instead, his salvation and eternal life.  God’s love is the most precious and glorious treasure of the universe.  Nothing can compare with it.  Love is two way, the more we love God the more He loves us.  You can never out give God.  He gives back to us so much more than we are able to give Him.  The first commandment found in Deuteronomy 6:5 says,

 'and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might'.
  This is God's command, but not as just obedience to a law, but rather He is calling us to a relationship of personal devotion created ans sustained by the work of God in the human heart. The response to this is found in Deuteronomy 7:9,
'Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.'

 Deuteronomy 7:14,
 'and He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: He will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which He sware unto thy fathers to give thee.'

Not only this, but God will defend those he loves.  Psalm 5:11,

'But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.'

Psalm 145:20,
'The Lord preserveth all them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy.'

Proverbs 8:21,
'That I may cause those that love Me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.'
The Lord blesses us materially, but also with His love. Jeremiah 31:3 speaks of this,
  'The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.'

Here God demonstrated His love in the greatest way as we read in Romans 5:8,
 'But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.'

Then Jesus gives  us a new commandment in  John 13:34,
'A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.'
John 13:35 gives the answer,
'By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.'
Love is ordained by God to be the normal ideal human relationship, it is love from God to man, man to God and man to his neighbour.
This results in something even more wonderful, as we read in John 14:21,
'He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.'

John 14:23,
'Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with Him.'

Romans 5:5,
 'and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.'

  How do these Scriptures prepare us to serve Him?  It is to also know such protection as in Romans 8:28,
'And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.'

and Romans 8:35-39,
 'Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.'

Ephesians 3:17-19,
 'that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.'

and 2 Timothy 1:7,
'For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.'

  The eternal love of God found in :

1 Corinthians 2:9,
'But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.'

2 Timothy 4:8,
' Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.'

James 1:12,
 'Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.'

James 2:5,
'Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love Him?

1 John 3:14,
'We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.'

1 John 4:17,
'Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as He is, so are we in this world.'

Jude 1:21..
'keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.'

How can anyone  still live in any fear that God may not love Him?  No one can.

1 John 4:18,
'There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.'
Jesus demonstrated His compassion and love on earth in His healing and deliverance ministry, and by His death for us on the cross. Christ's resurrection on the third day is the greatest demonstration of the love of God imparting the eternal reality of life to men; His divine love in action.
  We can also show our love through the preaching of the Gospel.

 'But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth'. (Acts 1:8)

and  2 Corinthians 5:17-19 ,

'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.'

Individuals are loved by God under a new covenant and
Galatians 2:20 says,
 'I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.'
To my understanding, if I love God and God loves me and through His Holy Spirit, Jesus lives in me, then it means that, as I preach the good news of the kingdom of God, that God through the Holy Spirit enables me to walk in any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, because we walk in the new covenant.
  These healing miracles are  weekly and daily occurrence as I pray for so many individuals and groups of people over the phone (every time in Africa and Asia and sometimes in England) people are instantly healed.  This is a demonstration of God’s love for them. As it is He alone who can heal the sick and set the people free through our response to God’s love, His love involves fellowship with the people of God.  We reach out to them and God touches them, heals them, sets them free and brings them into His salvation and love.
Remember who you are in Christ as we read in 1 Peter 2:9-10,
' But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:  which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.'

  In  all humility, place your trust in God and your relationship with Him, love Him, receive His love, obey Him, and allow Him to show His practical love to others through you. Now read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Ephesians 3:16-19.

*In what ways has God given us His Grace? Discuss.
*What does the word “grace” mean?
*How does grace relate to eternal life?
*Grace breaks the hardest heart, can you give an example?

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