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COMMON GRACE…is just that!  It is grace that is common to all mankind, no matter your beliefs. Grace is free and unmerited favor of God. Our very births and lives are acts of grace. You had absolutely nothing to do with it. How about the air you breathe, the rain that falls on your yard just like mine. And the rainbow that has been placed in the stormy sky that says to you, and to God, that you will never have to worry about a worldwide flood again. See, these apply to everyone, even the animals. We are all under a common umbrella because God is faithful to his creation. Why wouldn’t he be? He made it, and said it was from good to very good.
It extends to your ability to see the beauty of a sunset or sunrise, a star-filled night sky, hear a new baby’s cry, to not be burned to death by the sun’s rays. Everything you see, touch and experience is provided by grace. It extends to the rich, the poor, all races and creeds. Sometimes, when you aren’t being blessed in some way like others in your life, don’t you wonder why they are getting a lot more ‘grace‘ than you are. That’s where ‘unmerited‘ comes in to play. Where has it been stated that you deserve anything, much less the same or more than the other guy? One thing that really levels the playing field is time. Twenty-four hours is in everybody’s day! So, God, in his infinite wisdom, gives you adequate time and basic resources to participate and enjoy life’s provisions and even to prosper.
Those of us privileged to live in America are some of the most fortunate individuals of all time. It is my personal belief that because of the God–centered foundation of our country, we have received bountiful blessings through his grace. How you use them is another subject. But, forgetting the haves and have nots; even the most evil people actually can live and operate within the blessings that God has bestowed on this nation, up to now. The covenant that he has made with his people actually extends to those who are not his people. That is common grace!
Jesus said; “for He makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust” (Mt. 5:45b).
But, the presence of common grace can be very misleading. It even extends to misunderstanding the subject of eternal salvation. You say, ‘since I am prospering and being bountifully blessed with money and worldly goods, what’s the worry?’ Eat, drink and be merry-live the full life! ‘God must love me so much, what can happen that I have to fear?’ Notwithstanding the many blessings from common grace, this should never be mistaken as ‘saving grace’. All common grace should do is reveal a loving and all-powerful God. What you do with that revelation will determine your eternal destiny.
 I believe even many ‘Christians’ today, especially in America, get the two confused. They may have never experienced this saving grace.

may live an earthly physical life, even prosper, but what you do

while living it, will determine eternity for each of you. It is God’s desire that no man simply use his provision of common grace and not take up his offer for life eternal. God created out of love, and he saves through his love.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (II Pet. 3:9).
What he is saying is; ‘I’m delaying final judgment on the sins of all of you by providing and extending your days so you may experience my glorious attributes and recognize you are in a need of a savior. Which, by the way, I have also provided! His name is Jesus, my son. And this is true ‘saving grace’.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (Jn. 3:16,17).
You don’t have to ask for common grace as such–it is free to all; but saving grace

requires an action by you. He offers it to all, but faith must be exercised to receive it. “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”

(Eph. 2:8,9). Through common grace you can work hard and smart, or not, and boast of your achievements. But when it comes to eternity, it’s only received through saving grace. You can’t work hard and smart enough, no room for boasting–it is free to those who trust in the finished work by Jesus on the cross. See, he did all the work, and you receive the eternal benefit–unmerited favor.
What a world of difference between common 

and saving grace!
Have you transferred your trust in common grace
to God’s saving grace? Don’t delay.
Tomorrow is not promised.
Copyright 2017
Bill C. Dotson
Scriptures taken from the NKJV

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