Defined by Grace
The world will assign labels to you depending on how you look, how you spend your time, who you spend time with, etc. However, we are God’s children and we are defined by Grace. Let us listen to what God says about us rather than what the world says about us, because it is a fact that no one knows us as well as God. Jesus tells us, ‘even the hairs of your head are all numbered’ (Luke 12:7). He knows every detail about you!
Looking at the meaning of the word ‘defined’, we see that what you are defined by is your essential quality and what you are characterised by. Grace is unmerited favour, demonstrated by Jesus’ death on the cross and the blessings God bestows to us who were unworthy, and we live in the light of this truth. Mercy seems to be a similar concept to grace, but there is a difference: mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Also, each person has their own story of grace, because God deals with people as individuals. The way I experienced grace may be different to how you experienced grace.
Grace also doesn’t just cover up sin or give us a licence to carry on sinning; grace empowers us not to sin anymore. As Paul says, ‘for I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate’ (Romans 7:15). Our hearts are set to disobey God, but with grace we are enabled to be the people who God calls us to be. So let us be joyful and delight in the fact that we are defined by grace – we no longer have to accept the labels that society gives us and no one can take this grace away from us!