Grits and Grace

grits-with-butterRecently, I came across an interesting anecdote. As the account goes, a traveler from the northeast was driving through L.A. (Lower Alabama). He stopped in a small town restaurant to get something to eat. He ordered a sandwich and coffee. When the waitress brought the sandwich it was accompanied by a large order of grits. The man spoke emphatically to the waitress, “I didn’t order grits, and I’m not paying for the grits!”  The smiling waitress responded with southern charm, “Down here you don’t order grits, and you don’t pay for the grits – you just get ‘em.” 

It’s that way with God’s grace. You don’t order grace, and you can’t pay for grace. It is freely given by our loving heavenly Father. We are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ” (Rom. 3:24). Hear again the wonderful word of Paul recorded in Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” 

How beautiful are the words of the old hymn Grace Greater Than My Sin: “Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, Freely bestowed on all who believe; All who are longing to see His face, Will you this moment His grace receive? 

Prayer for the day: Dear Lord, thank you for grace. Your grace is undeserved and unmerited but freely given. We gratefully receive your grace this day.

~ Brother Roy


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