Standing in Grace

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand . . .” Romans 5:1-2a

The apostle Paul, who wrote the above words to first century believers in Rome, could sure power-pack a sentence, couldn’t he? Just look at the topics he touched on: faith, justification, peace with God, our Lord Jesus Christ, gaining access, grace. Wow, what crucial and life-changing issues.

Each part of the passage above is worthy of reflection, but today let’s take a closer look at the last few words—“this grace in which we now stand.” Just think about it. As believers, we are standing in grace. Yes, standing in grace! How thrilling is that?!

Of course our very salvation, eternal life, and status as children of God are all gifts of grace—given to us because Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross. But every blessing that comes to us is a grace gift, isn’t it? John, who referred to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved, said, “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” (John 1:16)

I don’t know about you, but I’m not only standing in grace—I’m dripping in grace. The gift and privilege of being a child of God, of being right with Him because of what Jesus did, is more than enough to have me feeling bathed in grace all the time. But all the blessings He continues to pour out on me keep me dripping in grace with every step I take.

I pray that His grace will shine through me each day. I pray that any joy I feel in His blessings will reflect back to Him, the Giver of all good gifts. May all who cross my path see me as I am—see me standing in grace. May all who cross my path see Him . . .

“. . . and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13b

*What’s one of the recent grace gifts God has given you?

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*Flickr photo by Anemone Jones


  1. The visual of standing in grace, along with the picture, well it paints a beautiful portrait! Where would I be without the surrounding grace of the cross?!

    Blessings and peace~elaine

  2. Love that picture of grace! Yes, I’m thankful God’s grace is poured out on me day after day.

  3. Love the idea of “dripping with grace.” I have been so blessed beyond measure, I don’t know where I could even begin to list the ways. :)

  4. Really grasping ahold of the fact these days that He showers me with grace daily…hourly…moment by moment…because I sure mess up about that much! “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us!”

  5. wow…yes! a beautiful way to start my morning, refreshed by grace! I have recently been shown the grace of forgiveness and love despite my sin….a taste of God’s everyday redeeming grace!

  6. “Standing in grace” — what a good picture. Thank you, Cheryl.

    Jennifer Dougan

  7. “Standing in grace” – I will take these words with me and store them in my heart over the next few days and weeks. It is so important to remember that God is with us all the time. Thank you once again, Cheryl for such a wonderful kernel of truth.

  8. Great picture of grace! A great reminder and I am so thankful for the grace God gives me. Thanks

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