Timothy is a Christian who enjoys creating visual art and writing. He has a B.S. in Psychology.
What is a wimpy Grace?
The dictionary defines being wimpy as, “being weak and cowardly or feeble.
A wimpy grace is a weak or feeble grace. It is the “I go to church on Sunday and maybe Wednesday,” type of grace.
A wimpy grace is something you claim but has very little work outside the church building.
Max Lucado defines a wimpy grace in this way.
“Grace shares the church parsonage with its cousins: forgiveness, faith, and fellowship. But do we really understand it? We’ve settled for wimpy grace. It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn and fits nicely on a church sign.”
Here are some Bible verses which describe a wimpy grace.
Grace which doesn’t touch the soul
Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior.”
A wimpy Grace does not bear a change in the approaches or manner of a life. Grace is meant to change a soul thus the the life of the one who asks for grace. If it doesn’t it is a wimpy Grace.
2 Corinthians 6:1 “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”
Grace is not a mere vanity. A mere trinket to hang after a name or words said but not lived. Grace is practicing in life what God has given you.”.
Luke6:36, “Be merciful even as God is merciful.”
A wimpy grace is a not a grace of mercy but a grace of expectance. Sure when you come to God his grace is assured you but it should not be taken for granted. Grace is a gift.
“Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.” – John Piper
Grace is not a word which is said, a happy feeling you get in church. No grace, truce grace is a life changing event. It takes you from the valley of despair to the top of the mountain where with arms open wide we cry out, “Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus!” Max Lucado describes true grace this way
“Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Softened by grace? God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. Grace comes after you. From insecure to God secure. From afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly. Grace is the word that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.”
What the Bible says about true grace.
Grace is active not passive
Hebrews 6:10, “For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” ESV
Grace changes a life so much so you want to spread the good news to all those you meet.
Grace is not proudly shouted out but humbly held in the heart
James 4:6, “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” ESV
True grace is not boastful. It is a knowledge you are free not because of what you’ve done but what was done for you.
Grace does not ask why not but shouts out why me
A Final Thought
The key to understanding grace can be summed up in the often used phrase, “God’s riches at Christ’s expense.” In other words grace should be recognized as a treasured gift or family heirloom which holds such a dear place in your hearts in needs to be shared with others.
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