For a healthy relationship, there exists what some call a “magic ratio” of 5 to 1—that is, for every negative interaction in a stable relationship, there needs to be five positive interactions. Negative incidents make such an impact on us that it takes five positive interactions to counteract the negative. That’s why it can be so easy to have a full day of positive interactions and activities and then one negative thing can happen and it feels like it ruins the entire day. Sometimes, because of the power of negative interactions or incidents, we can forget the good things that have happened. This can be true toward God’s grace as well; the negative things in our lives can be so many that they seem to trump God’s grace. One way to combat this issue is to keep a grace journal. After all, the Bible is a record of God’s grace toward His people.
Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Paul defined grace as free and undeserved (Romans 11:6). The simple fact of the matter is that we have free and unmerited favor with God by our salvation through Jesus Christ—that’s the ultimate grace.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
Your grace journal can be whatever you want it to be—an actual journal, a notebook, a notes document on your phone or computer—and God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ should probably go at the top of the list, even if that’s not in chronological order. Jesus’ saving grace in my life came at the age of 27, but God began saving me from the moment I was born. When I was born, my lungs were not functioning properly and I was in the hospital for the first three weeks of my life, but through His grace, God saved me. I also had three or four grand mal seizures throughout my adolescence, any of which could have claimed my life but through His grace, God saved me. I went on to live a life of rebellion toward God and obedience to my sinful nature, and at any point my sin could have swallowed me whole, but through His grace God saved me.
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” (Romans 6:14)
God’s grace is freedom from sin and death. Look back over your life and think about the times God has saved you through grace and write them down. In doing so, you will have a record of your own to turn to, a reminder when the negatives of life make it seem like nothing good has happened. Read through the Bible and see all the times God has given grace to His people throughout history and remember God’s grace in your life, especially when things seem negative. God’s grace is always enough (2 Corinthians 12:9).
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.