Nephi taught “it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved” (2 Nephi 10:24). That sure makes GRACE seem important. But I wasn’t even sure I knew what it was or how I tried to get it!
A few years ago, I had a conversation with some friends of another faith while we sat and watched our boys play baseball. They really didn’t like the Church. So much so that they wouldn’t park their cars in the parking lot of an LDS Church—even when baseball practice was in the field right next to the Church.
They had strong negative feelings about the Church. So much so that they made a commitment to God that they won’t step foot on property owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints…EVER!
After that experience, the thing that has stayed with me is not how different we are in our beliefs, but how similar. Like when we talk about grace.
What is grace?
My favorite definition is found in Gospel Topics under Grace. “Grace is the help or strength given through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Grace). That breaks down into three areas.
1. It is through the Grace of God that we will all be resurrected.
2. It is through the Grace of God that we are forgiven of our sins.
3. It is through the Grace of God that we received additional strength to overcome our daily challenges.
What is our part in this process of Grace? Do we have to do anything, or do we get resurrection, forgiveness and daily help no matter what?
Nephi taught, “for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Ne. 25:23).
Now from President Oaks:
“And what is “all we can do”? It surely includes repentance (see Alma 24:11) and baptism, keeping the commandments, and enduring to the end. Moroni pleaded, “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ” (Moro. 10:32).
We are not saved in our sins, as by being unconditionally saved through confessing Christ and then, inevitably, committing sins in our remaining lives (see Alma 11:36–37). We are saved from our sins (see Hel. 5:10) by a weekly renewal of our repentance and cleansing through the grace of God and His blessed plan of salvation (see 3 Ne. 9:20–22).” (Have You Been Saved?)
Grateful and Humble
This amazing gift is beyond our comprehension. Everything from getting through the day to day struggles to every hope we have of salvation are tied to the Savior and His grace.
President Uctdorf said it so well!
“I marvel to think that the Son of God would condescend to save us, as imperfect, impure, mistake-prone, and ungrateful as we often are. I have tried to understand the Savior’s Atonement with my finite mind, and the only explanation I can come up with is this: God loves us deeply, perfectly, and everlastingly. I cannot even begin to estimate “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height … [of] the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)
“When I think of what the Savior did for us leading up to that first Easter Sunday, I want to lift up my voice and shout praises to the Most High God and His Son, Jesus Christ!
“The gates of heaven are unlocked!
“The windows of heaven are opened!” (The Gift of Grace)
I join with every follower of Christ to state my gratitude and humility for the goodness, kindness, and grace of God. That is one thing we can all have in common with each other!
How have you seen the grace of God as a part of your life? Comment below