Is it really sufficient?
For MANY years, I have wanted to understand Gods grace. It is talked about a lot in the Bible. There have been many messages spoken about it.
To me, grace meant forgiveness of sin (“those” sins). Freely forgiven. Washed clean. Isn’t that right? This is a hard concept for us “good” girls. I KNOW I am not perfect and I do sin. Yet, in my brain, I felt that because my sins weren’t “those” sins, what was grace for me? I didn’t “get” it.
Ephesians 2:8-9~God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
I am learning grace is even more than covering sin! When Jesus said in 2 Corinthians 12:9~Each time he said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. I wonder if He was also saying I cover you, I go before you, I clean up after you, I handle the big stuff, and the little stuff?
In other words, when I THINK my obedience to Him should end in a certain result and it doesn’t…HE covers it! My job is to listen, and let the outcome be HIS not mine. He has the big picture and the microscopic picture! I truly have been looking at grace with only one perspective. God is WAY more amazing than I let Him be.
I choose to trust Him because according to Matthew 8:28~And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. I can love Him! I can trust Him, and I can walk in HIS grace for me! Wow! New perspective. I think I am getting His heart of love for me! Even for us “good” girls. Yay!
Verses to Ponder:
Galatians 5:4~For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.
2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17~Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, 17 comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.
Hebrews 4:16~So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
1 Samuel 15:22~What is more pleasing to the Lord: Your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice?