Thursday, December 7, 2017

More about Grace

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

In yesterday’s eDevotion, I wrote about God’s sufficient grace. As I started thinking about today’s eDevotion, my mind, once again, returned to that wonderful subject — God’s grace.  

The Apostle Peter referred to God as the “God of all grace.” The Apostle Paul wrote to the Roman Christ followers that we are “justified freely by His [God’s] grace.”

Here is a biblical truth: None of us deserve, in any way, our salvation. Our story is wrapped up in the profound words, “where sin did abound, grace did much more abound” [Romans 5.20]. If it weren’t about grace, he might have said, “where merit abounds,” or “where good works abound,” or “where faithfulness abounds,” that grace abounded. No, no, a thousand times no! Our story is an abounding grace for abounding sinners!

Peter mentions two aspects of grace.

1. For the hereafter - the “God of all grace” calls us to His eternal glory.

2. For now - to mature, establish, strengthen, and settle us through the suffering we experience in the world. 

God’s grace is not just about the future, when He carries us to heaven. It is also about today, as He trains us in Christlikeness through our challenges, sorrows, and pains.

Say it with me, “God is the God all grace.” Open your eyes and see that the “God of ALL grace” is training you right now — through your experiences, good or bad — preparing you for the eternal glory that is by Christ Jesus. 

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5.10 

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