What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey

“Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional.”

Grace is one of the few words left in our vocabulary that we have not manipulated and overused. Yancey refers to “grace” as the best last word.

We love to talk about grace. Grace is a beautiful thing. In fact, grace is probably the most distinguishing factor in Christian. It unmistakably separates us from other religions. God’s grace is free and unconditional. We cannot earn it and we are incapable of losing it. Jesus forgave the thief on cross for no other reason than him saying, “Jesus, remember me.” Jesus is eager to offer grace.

But do Christians live in light of grace? We definitely believe in grace but do we act any differently? We ought to feel like prisoners set free from death row. God has saved us, yet we act like nothing happened. Do we believe deep down that we have been saved? Do you feel like you have been given something? Grace seems like one of the simplest concepts in Christianity. God gives and we received, but being the sinful beings that we are Grace is terribly difficult thing to grasp.

Many of us have a hard time forgiving someone who has wronged us. We believe in justice. Even when we do forgive, we secretly desire vengeance. It’s only fair. This attitude towards forgiving directly correlates to our acceptance of forgiveness. When it is hard to forgive, it is hard to ever expect forgiveness. This is why the Lord sternly warns us that if we do not forgive others God will not forgive us.

This is an amazing book about some amazing grace. Yancey is a simple writer. He does not try to jazz up anything or try to impress the reader with some Greek translations. I particularly enjoyed his commentary about the church. Many Christians wish for a more religious nation with politicians that embraced church, however we can look at the Middle Ages, a time when the church was united with no denominations, all political leaders claimed to be Christ followers, and the church was the governor of the culture; yet we look at the Middle Ages as a miserable era of history. Politics and power never lead to grace.

Modern Christians are in desperate need for some grace. “Church should be a haven for people who feel terrible about themselves…God needs humble people.”