(Matthew 11:28-30) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I’ve listed below a definition of God’s grace. This definition describes God’s grace that is given to us. In our Scripture from Matthew, Jesus is telling us the way to God’s grace. We first come to him. Grace is there for us, so all that is necessary is to come to him. God’s grace is freely given to us through Jesus Christ.
Jesus recognizes that we are weary and burdened from trying to work out life on our own, and he wants to give us rest. He tells us that it is safe to come to him, for he is gentle and humble in heart. We can trust him with what he requires of us. He is not going to smash us with his big hammer or chain us into slave labor to work off our sins. He simply wants to give us rest for our souls. When we receive his grace, the yoke we take on is easy and light, and it is given to us that we might learn from him. He gets in that yoke with us to lead and guide us.
We should often remind ourselves that God loves us, that he is merciful to us, and that we who have come to him have found favor with him. His desire is to build a loving, eternal relationship with each one of us. We are his children, and he will not abandon us.
Referenced from the Encarta Dictionary:
Grace – The infinite love, mercy, favor, and goodwill shown to humankind by God.