This beautiful rose did not grace our earth until its creation in 1982. The rose begins as a dark pink bud, opening as a pale pink bloom and then fading to near white. Its name, “Carte blanche” (blank page) was an idiom attributed to King Charles II of France. He gave his workers a blank page with his signature, allowing them freedom as to how a task was completed.
Some may believe that grace gives us “carte blanche” to do what we please. But today’s verse gives insight into the role grace plays in the life of a believer. At the start, grace, or God’s unmerited favor, is how we are saved (Eph. 2:8-9). But it does not stop there. Grace continues to impact our lives, teaching us to say no to what is ungodly and worldly. Grace, rather than give us carte blanche to do whatever we like, teaches us to be self-controlled. Grace motivates believers to lead godly upright lives. It is God’s favor that provides a way out of temptation (I Cor. 10:13).
His grace is greater than all my sin. There is not a single sin that He is not willing to forgive! But rather than presume on His grace, I want to live up to it. I do not want His grace for me to be in vain. He knows I blew it yesterday. He knows I will blow it today. His grace means that my relationship with Him continues. I want to grow in grace (II Peter 3:18) and understand God’s grace (Col. 1:6) but I know it will be a life-long process.
Thank you Lord, that You show grace to me.
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