My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
there are certain times in our lives that we can only rely on grace. times where we need grace, and times where we need to give grace. there have been multiple events in my life in the last few months that have caused me to only rely on the grace i have been given. the actions of others have disappointed me, but the weirdest thing is that my natural response in each circumstance has been grace instead of anger or frustration.
the only reason for this is that i have started recently to really understand the grace that i have been given. though i am disappointed in the actions of others i have been able to see that every single day, i disappoint a perfect and holy God.
as Christians, i think that it is very important to show grace to other believers. it can be very easy to paint ourselves at “better” than others but if we cannot show grace to another brother or sister in Christ, why would someone outside of the body of Christ believe that we could show grace to them? I have realized through these events the amazing things that grace can do.
I have seen first hand the freedom that grace brings. I have seen that when grace is given, there is liberation and that those who are given the grace, get a glimpse of what love really is. The moment when that love is realized, it is such a great sight.
I read this passage of scripture earlier today. 1 Corinthians 12:9. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” In this passage Jesus is responding to Pauls request to remove this “thorn” that he has been given. We need to realize that for most of us, there are certain things that we just always struggle with. There are certain sins that have a hold of us and just wont let go. The great thing about Jesus is that he says that in these circumstances, His grace is enough. Though we are weak in these areas, He will prove to be strong.
So in these circumstances from the last few months i can see that i, as well as these individuals, have thorns. but the great thing about it is that grace has proven to be enough. Grace has been a relationship builder. Grace has been the tool used to show the love of Christ to one another.
I love the fact that grace has been my natural reaction in all of these circumstances. When people disappoint me, grace is our common bond and that common bond quickly makes the disappointment disappear.
may you realize that none of us are to far gone to receive grace. may you realize that God’s grace is sufficient for you.