God’s Divine Love is — Full of Grace

By   •   February 10, 2014   •   Topics: ,


(Part 2 of 5 in a series exploring the depth of God’s great love for us)

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” —Ephesians 2:4-5

We can really mess things up sometimes. Squandering money and relationships. Lying even when we know better. Wasting time on things that don’t matter. Ignoring God’s plans and plowing forward with our own.

But God loves us anyway.

Those two words, “but God,” are seen in Ephesians 2:4 and in several other places in the Bible.

“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” —Genesis 50:20

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” —Psalm 73:26

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” —Romans 5:8

Beginning to see a pattern? We serve a God who intervenes on our behalf, even when the odds are against us. Every time “but God” is written in the Bible, a blessing follows.

It can be easy to beat yourself up about who you are and the situations you face. “I want to be used by God, but I’m not qualified.” “I want to be blessed by God, but I don’t deserve it.” “I want to trust God, but everything in my life is so bad.” “I want God to forgive me, but I don’t think He can.”

Thankfully, nothing from God is based solely on our works. The Apostle Paul says it best in 1 Corinthians 15:10: “… yet not I, but the grace of God with me.

God wants us to understand that no matter our sin, no matter our weakness or insecurity, no matter our faults and shortcomings, He’s got us covered when we present these things to Him. He stoops down to make us great. That’s God’s grace, and it really is sufficient. It’s not merited. Oftentimes, it’s not understood.

But rest assured, as children of God, it’s not going anywhere.

By His grace we have been saved from any “mess up” we could possibly imagine.

→ Continue to part 3 of the “5 Days of Divine Love” series here.

Transformed by Grace: Read Billy Graham’s Daily Devotion on grace.

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  1. Mabel Komunda says:

    I thank the Billy Graham Ministries for the ministry. May God richly bless you.

    Yes Lord, ‘yet not I, but the grace of God with me’. Many times I make pledges how I am going to do this and that and be more pleasing to the Lord. Well, I just fail. My righteousness is like filthy rags. Forgive me Lord and just give me the grace to strive to serve you faithfully. Thank you Lord for it is only by your Grace that I am saved.

  2. Terry says:

    Thanks for the series on Grace

  3. Simon F. Mbokar says:

    I love this article of encouragment. I want my life to be in God’s hand and control.
    But how can I?

  4. Kathy Solomon says:

    thank you for your ministry . I have been greatly blessed and even this page of definition of God’s love and grace anoints me so much and thank you . Please include me in your daily devotion list . thank you Kathy Solomon , Vanuatu south Pacific

  5. Diana Blevins says:

    I love this but sometimes its hard for me to understand.

  6. Ben Molenche. says:

    Wonderful message.

  7. donna says:

    Wasting time on things that don’t matter….how much of that time do we wish we could take back to do good for others and follow gods plan for us instead of making up our own plan. Until you feel the grace of god in your heart wasting time on the things that don’t matter….do matter to you. God is love.

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  9. Betty Ann Gandy says:

    The wonderful word “BUT”!!! I love it when your reading and there is a “but”, usually something wonderful follows!!! I would love to know how many times the word “but” is in the Bible, both old and new testament???

  10. Monah says:

    The grace of God is what saved us… o but for the grace of God that met us in our needs. sometimes we forget this when we become Christians but we will reach so many more souls for the kingdom of God is we could only remember that had it not been but for the grace of God. May God bless this ministry and my life has been impacted so greatly. God bless.