I can do everything through him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13

Objects of Grace

Rev. Robert Fleischmann

Romans 5:20–21 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

First, a definition. Luther’s Small Catechism puts it this way:

Grace: God’s undeserved love that provides free forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation for all people.

Grace is at the heart of Christianity: “We are all forgiven and saved by the undeserved love of God.”

It is a powerful statement. We academically profess our salvation by grace. Many of us can recite Ephesians 2:8-9 as a primary proof passage about salvation by grace. We sing some “amazing” songs on the theme of grace. Often, however, we don’t emotionally connect with grace until we reach the point of utter and complete helplessness.

Sometimes, in those moments, all that is left is grace.

Think about it: Someone sins by drinking too much (Ephesians 5:18). That sin is amplified by driving a car while impaired. That circumstance becomes a preeminent moment of life when the drunk driver causes an accident and someone’s daughter in the other car is killed instantly in the collision.

There can be an apology. There can be restitution. There can be time served in jail. But this is a situation that cannot be made whole again. It is impossible to bring life back into victim of this traffic fatality caused by drunk driving. The only thing left for the drunk driver is grace.

We had not been operating Christian Life Resources for long when we discovered in our pregnancy resource centers that two kinds of mothers walked through the doors: The most common was a mother facing a life or death decision about the fate of her unborn child. The second kind of mother was one who had undergone an abortion and later discovered it was wrong.

It is one thing to unfold the teachings of Scripture to someone considering an abortion. That mother can take what she has learned and make a decision consistent with God’s Word.

What about the mother who already had an abortion? What about the boyfriend or husband who pressed her to have an abortion and now realizes it was a mistake?

There can be an apology. There can be tighter hugs of future children, nieces, and nephews. There can be bigger presents at Christmas time. There can be longer prayers at bedtime but nothing brings life to the child that was aborted. The only thing left is grace.

At Christian Life Resources we have dealt with many irreversible moral issues over the years. Abortion was the first and since then the issues have exploded. As we see increasing challenges to God’s gift of life it is easy to become panicked. Unlike stolen money that can be paid back, or a damaged car that can be repaired, some things cannot be replaced.

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