The Lord Is Gracious

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A hymn on the grace of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"


The Lord is gracious, doing good to those deserving judgment;
His grace is free and unconstrained, not earned by deeds or payment.
He chose to show His grace
To those from Adam's race
Whom he had long foreknown
And claimed to be His own.
Come marvel at His favor!

The Lord has shown His grace to those who come by faith to Jesus;
Despite our sin, we know His love, for through His Son He sees us.
The wrath for us reserved
Christ bore, though undeserved,
That we whom hell should know
Might live His grace to show
To all in earth and heaven.

The Lord will keep us by His grace, despite our constant wand'ring,
And train us to renounce the world and wait for His appearing.
Why seek the praise of man
When in His grace we stand?
If in this grace we live,
How can we not forgive?
O may His grace transform us.

By Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
© 2010

Scripture References

Reference format: A.B.C where A = Hymn number, B = Stanza number, C = Line number
13.1.1a Exodus 34:6 "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness"
13.1.1b Nehemiah 9:26,31 "They were disobedient and rebelled against you and cast your law behind their back and killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you, and they committed great blasphemies ... Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God."
13.1.2 Exodus 33:19 "I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy" Romans 11:5-6 "At the present time there is a remnant [of Jews being saved], chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace."
13.1.3-6 Ephesians 1:4-7 "[God] chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace"
13.2.1 Ephesians 2:8-9 "By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."
13.2.2a Romans 5:8 "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
13.2.2b Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
13.2.3 Romans 2:5 "Because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed."
13.2.4 Isaiah 53:9-10 "[Jesus] had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring..."
13.2.5-6 Ephesians 2:7 "[God saved us] so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."
13.2.7 Revelation 5:9 "[In heaven] they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God'"
13.3.1 Jeremiah 32:40 "I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me." Philippians 1:6 "He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
13.3.2 Titus 2:11-13 "The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ"
13.3.3 Galatians 1:10 "For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ."
13.3.4 Romans 5:2 "Through [Jesus] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
13.3.6 Luke 7:47 "Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little."
13.3.7 2 Corinthians 9:8 "God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work."


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