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|What Is Grace? (A short story) by JourneytoEL(f): 6:46am On Jun 27|
This sermon is in the form of a fictional conversation, as you read may you be blessed.
Sam: Choi, this life no balance oh
Matthew: (cuts him short) there's power in spoken words, avoid such statements.
Sam: forget that thing bro, wetin i dey reason you be say, my guy lekan wey me and am dey drink garri last week don hammer, like the boy too get grace. Person wey just start yahoo 2wks ago done pick 3m. Walai see grace oh. God, why i no get grace?, why am i so unlucky?
Matthew: Yahoo? Grace? In the same sentence? Is it Grace of Jesus or grace of mammon you're talking about? Are you sure you know what is Grace?
Sam: person wey just start G work 2wks ago don pick 3m and you dey yarn dust, no be grace of God abi you think say him easy. U wey sabi, wetin be Grace?
Matthew: Good question. Now sit, let me share the counsel of God with you. Grace means unmerited, undeserved favour from God.
Sam: see na, we are saying the same thing.
Matthew: No, the unmerited, undeserved favour of God is towards righteousness, holiness and the will of God.
Sam: okay, how?
Matthew: what irritates you most?
Sam: snakes. I hate them with passion. Once i see one, i would look for a big stone to kill, i won't rest till it is cut in pieces. I go knack am wella wella.
Matthew: Okay, that is exactly how God hates sin. Sins are a reproach to God. It makes him angry. He can burn down a city for sin. He fit knack am wella wella. So, he can never use his dearest gift called Grace to facilitate sin.
Matthew: excelling in yahoo yahoo isn't grace, winning bbnaija after promoting lust is not grace, buying car from 'small god' isn't grace, as far as it's sinful and against the will of God it's not grace. All unrighteousness is sin (1 John 5:17).
Sam: So how does grace work? And why don't i have grace?
Matthew: There are different dimensions/types of grace. There is grace not to fall into sin. When i was in school, i planned with a girl to lose my virginity, on that day, it rained heavily even though it was February, i told her to still come, the bus she entered broke down, her phone got spoilt, las las she use vex go back house. It was when she didn't come that was when i realised myself, i repented and asked God for forgiveness.
Sam: Choi, that kind thing don do me before oh. When i was in year one, i wanted to join the biggest cult group in uni, on the day of bamming (initiation), i fell very sick, infact i was admitted into the clinic. The next day, i heard police raided the occasion and all the new initiates were later expelled. Na so God take save me. Even the guy wey give me link, was killed in a cult war 3 weeks later. Chai, so na Grace be that?
Matthew: Exactly. Let me tell you another type of Grace. There's a Grace that gives you things that you know you didn't get by your own human effort.
Sam: explain, biko.
Matthew: You see this oil company i work for, I'm the only 2:2 graduate there, infact if you don't have 2:1 don't bother applying. Do you know how i got the job there?
Matthew: i went into serious fasting and prayers when i applied for the job. They said no 2:2 but i still applied with faith. How they overlooked my result till the final interview is a mystery. I begged God that i will do his will in the company if he gives me the job. We were only 3 that qualified for the final interview. The M.D called the recruiter that he was told in a dream to give a job to the young man wearing a red tie, i was the only one wearing a red tie, so they gave me the job. And they have no regrets, infact I won the award for the best staff last year because i work with kingdom standards.
Sam: Mad oh!!
Matthew: no be me read pass, or dress pass but na God help me. But, that doesn't mean you should neglect hardwork oh, work hard and pray hard too.
Sam: wawu, wawu, wawu. Is there another type of Grace?
Matthew: There's grace to do those little things you overlook everyday like it's nothing. To sleep and wake up is grace, to enter bus and come down without one chance guys is grace, to eat food without been poisoned is grace, to travel without herdsmen kidnapping you is grace.
Sam: abi o, infact to celebrate 18yrs of living in Nigeria is serious grace oh. Hmmm. Thanks, I've learnt alot. Besides karma fit strike lekan one day.
Matthew: My guy, there's no such thing as karma in the bible.
Sam: You say?
Matthew: Guy, karma no dey bible. Lekan fit do yahoo, later marry a good wife, have lovely kids, live to an old age, become born again and even make heaven. That is another dimension of grace.
Sam: Ha!!, okay na, make i go do my own yahoo na.
Matthew: Lol, shall we continue to sin that Grace may abound? (Rom 6:1)
Matthew: God cannot be mocked. Whatsoever a man sows that is what he will reap. (Gal 6:7) God knows you are trying to take advantage of him, so he won't give you the Grace, because you can't dupe God. For it is written in Heb 10:26,
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.
Sam: Choi, the thing don cast ohhh. So, how do i get Grace and increase my Grace?
Matthew: Come by this time next week, by the Grace of God i will teach you how to get Grace.
Sam: Okay. Bye, see you next week, you too sure.
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by NairalandProf(m): 7:25am On Jun 27|
Certainly we should be very active in seeking God, and Jesus himself called us to 'ask, seek, knock' in order to find him. Yet those who enter a relationship with God inevitably look back and recognize that God's grace had sought them out, breaking them open to new realities.
Have a fabulous Sunday fellas!
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by JourneytoEL(f): 7:33am On Jun 27|
NairalandProf:So true. Happy Sunday
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Bishopkingsley(m): 7:46am On Jun 27|
Grace is what saves a man not his works grace comes before his works
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by jesusjnr2020(m): 7:52am On Jun 27|
Sam sounds very familiar to some NL Christians trying to justify their works of iniquity in the name of grace, but thank God there was someone like Matthew who knew much better there, to warn him of the grave consequences of that.
Kudos to Sam though for not hardening his heart against the Truth despite that it was not the kind of teaching he wanted to hear. Some here could definitely learn a thing or two from him.
Thanks for sharing.
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by JourneytoEL(f): 8:14am On Jun 27|
jesusjnr2020:We thank God. Thanks for contributing too.
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by JourneytoEL(f): 8:15am On Jun 27|
Bishopkingsley:so true especially when applied with its balance
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by kingxsamz(m): 11:28am On Jun 27|
When you survive an accident which claimed the lives of 20 people.
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Image123(m): 11:55am On Jun 27|
That's more of favour, not grace.
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Livesimple(m): 2:27pm On Jun 27|
Why can't these people push this to front page bayi
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Bishopkingsley(m): 2:39pm On Jun 27|
Image123:Favor, grace mercy, love, Jesus, etc they are the same thing all put together u get Jesus
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by JourneytoEL(f): 12:22am On Jul 18|
Happy Sunday, May the Spirit of God flow through the hearts of all who set their eyes on this story and may His power break through every blinding veil and proud obstacle, and may His Light shine forth through their Spirits in Jesus name.
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Kobojunkie: 2:38am On Jul 18|
Bishopkingsley:Your obedience to Jesus Christ command that you believe in order to be saved is what saves you from the condemnation of sin .I.e. Death.
If you refuse to believe in Jesus Christ, much like the unbelievers do, you will never be saved. That act of obedience is what sets into action your Salvation. Without it, Jesus Christ's offer of Salvation will always remain just that to you, an offer and nothing more.
Grace on the other hand refers to the eternal life you gain as a result of being saved. It only comes to those who take the first step to believe. As you are told in John 3 vs 16 -22 and again in John 3 vs 36, eternal life(grace) will never be given to those who don't first believe, this again as commanded by Jesus Christ.
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Bishopkingsley(m): 4:48am On Jul 18|
They said you don't believe in the Bible so what are you doing here because I won't believe in you since you don't believe my Bible
My Bible says we are not permitted to take the teaching of those who won't respect our God and his Bible
stop talking to me
Unless you have now recognized the authority of the Bible
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Kobojunkie: 5:01am On Jul 18|
Bishopkingsley:Jesus Christ never asked you to believe in or to trust in the bible. Nor does He have anything to do with the Bible doctrines and Trinity doctrines taught you by your Mogs which your gobble up without as much as second thought.
Instead, Jesus Christ instructed you to invest all of that trust and that belief in Him and Him alone, turning away from the doctrines and traditions of men which are antichrist and as such an abomination agaisnt God - Matthew 15 vs 1 - 14.
No matter how hard you try , can you be against God and for God at the same time? The very words that you spew speak volumes of whose you really are.
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Bishopkingsley(m): 5:09am On Jul 18|
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Kobojunkie: 5:33am On Jul 18|
Bishopkingsley:You call Jesus Christ a liar by your continuing to spread doctrines and traditions of men, lies that are antichrist, in His name. Worse, you commit that which is an abomination to God with every word of these lies you spew.
Before you go around removing the dust from the eyes of others, be sure you first remove the plank that is in your own "antichrist" eyes.
|Re: What Is Grace? (A short story) by Bishopkingsley(m): 5:51am On Jul 18|
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