God's Practical Grace
Psalm 103:8 says that God is gracious. Verse eight describes the leading characteristic of our Father in Heaven: He is gracious. The verses that follow, such as 103:10, amplify the characteristics of verse eight. God is gracious, so He has not dealt with us according to our sins. This means He is not acted or done things in harmony with our sins. And not according to our iniquities or the sin inhabiting our hearts, has He paid us.
The Hebrew word in verse 10 is the word for making a payment or giving wages. The New Testament tells us the wages of sin are death; however, here in Psalm 103 we are told the wages of the children of God is based on the grace of God. This is quite wonderful. Another way of saying this is that when we become a Christian, we are placed in a guilt free environment. It is like a rose in a hothouse. A rose is placed in conditions that will allow it to grow well and strong. The hothouse of grace has sent away our sin as far as the East is from the West. We are surrounded by the kindness and goodness of God the Father who is described in John 15 as a vinedresser or a farmer. His goal is to produce the maximum conditions for Christian growth. Our responsibility is to embrace those grace conditions, enjoy them, and not fight against the atmosphere of grace.
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