This nonsense appeared on Twitter:
I thought that had to be a joke, as if someone created a spoof. But I found it on James MacDonald’s ministry website to go with a five-point devotional entitled The Eyes of God (posted on May 11, 2015) which includes this:
5. The eyes of the Lord observe righteousness and award grace.
The devotional cites three Bible passages, none of which teach anything like that fifth point. God does not observe righteousness nor obedience and award grace.
He can’t. That would turn grace into not-grace because it would be God’s response to your work rather than his free gift to you just because he chooses to love you with his grace.
Works-Based Grace is an Oxymoron
God does not look for obedience nor for righteousness and then “award” grace. It is in his grace that he considers us righteous despite our actions.
Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. (Titus 3:7.)
Not only that, but it is God’s own grace that gives us the ability to obey him.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11-12.)
God has already made you holy, so you already have the righteousness Mr. MacDonald mistakenly says God is looking for before he awards grace.
God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace. (1 Peter 1:2.)
It is a result of grace that you are able to obey.
It is a result of grace that you are cleansed.
It is a result of grace that you are holy.
No amount of clever pictures with clever phrasing will ever change the fact that God gives grace because he wants to give grace.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5.)
He loves you that much.