“And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33 NKJV)
Grace, what we generally call ‘Unmerited Favor,’ is the kindness of God upon humankind which delivers us from our sinful lives.
- Grace is so powerful that it is by it alone that we are saved. Eph. 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” This is true because we are naturally sinful and therefore live in enmity against God. The bible says, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” – (Rom. 8:7 NKJV). Further, the bible says, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” – (1 Cor. 2:14 NKJV). If grace had no power, then we could not be saved from such states of mind.
- Grace is God’s kindness so powerful that it enables people to live and be in one accord (Acts 4:32). Ordinarily we are selfish, hence it is hard for us to be in one accord, but when we experience great grace, being of one mind with other children of God becomes a lifestyle.
- It is the power of grace that preachers rely upon, without which they cannot bear witness of Christ (Acts 4:33). When Peter initially did not tap into the power of God’s grace, he denied Jesus, but when grace set into his life, he became a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Grace is so powerful that it helps people to share things without complaint (Acts 4 :34), thereby removing lack among community people (vs. 35)
- People who are operating under the power of grace are able to give without holding back (vs. 35-37), but those who refuse the power of grace end up lying and dying (Acts 5:1-11).
- It is so powerful that it reigns in dominion in a place or heart where sin once abound (Rom. 5:20-21).
Pray and ask that God will increase His grace in your life. The more grace you have, the more ability you possess to live a Christian life that pleases God.