Summary: Today's sermon, A Grace-Filled Heart is part of the "A Christian Heart" series. It looks at a heart that is grateful, enduring, and a heart that fears God. It also walks through John Newton's hymn, "Amazing Grace."
A Christian’s Heart
“A Grace-Filled Heart”
In this series on a Christian’s heart we’re looking at those qualities a Christian should and needs to possess, qualities that should be deep within our hearts.
Today we’re going to be looking at a grace-filled heart, a heart filled with the grace of God. But what exactly is grace? This is important because we really can’t proceed until we get this established.
Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve, which is nothing less than His blessings and eternal life in heaven. It was by grace through faith that we’re saved and became a part of God’s family. This is why our hearts should be grace-filled.
Now, there are two truths that everyone should know, and once we get these down they’ll transform our thinking when it comes to God’s grace.
• First, there’s nothing we can do to make God love us more, and
• Second, there’s nothing we can do to make God love us less.
Grace is God’s gift to us. It’s a gift of God. Therefore we can’t earn it, because no one earns a gift. What we need to do then is to receive it and open it up for our lives.
There are three aspects to having a grace-filled heart that I’d like to share with you. These are hearts that are filled with gratitude, endurance, and the fear God.
1. A Grateful Heart
Thinking about someone who had a grateful heart, the woman with the Alabaster jar comes to mind.
“And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and
“(She) stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. (Luke 7:37-38 NKJV)
This woman recognized she was a sinner and she also recognized who Jesus was, and she show her gratitude in the best and highest way possible as she knelt at His feet, praising and serving Him by cleaning His feet with her tears and anointing them with fragrant oil. It was her way of saying, “I’m sorry,” “thank you,” and “I love you.”
It is by God’s grace that we’re even here this morning. God didn’t have to wake us up and give us another breath of life, but by His grace He did. It’s with this knowledge that we should then have a grace-filled heart of gratitude.
Another person with such a grace-filled heart of gratitude was John Newton, author of the hymn, “Amazing Grace.”
God spared his life in a storm that should have sunk the ship he was piloting. After this experience he became a minister of the gospel and wrote down his words of gratitude.
In the verses one and three he says,
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see.”