My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. ~2 Corinthians 12:9
It’s Day 5 of the Thanksgiving Challenge and today I’m thankful for God’s great grace!! And a little bling!
I wear this ring as a reminder of how amazing and far reaching God’s grace is in my life. It is a daily reminder of God’s favor over me even when I do not deserve it.
Growing up I tried hard to be perfect. I was in church 5 days a week. I was the star in all the church plays. I spent my weekends at Bible Quiz meets. I attended church camp. The list is endless. I thought I was a good person.
I subconsciously believed that all my hard work to please God was a guarantee that my life would go smoothly, and all my dreams would come true.
The Bible is very clear in Ephesians 2:8-9 that, “…it is by GRACE you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” But how can one truly understand the meaning of grace until one understands the depth of one’s sin?!
When life did not go as planned, I became frustrated with good works and I let sin start to creep in. It was so subtle. I gave into bitterness, and jealousy. I let unforgiveness take root in my heart and justified those sins letting them grow into strongholds.
When I was truly confronted with my sin and how much it hurt God, when I truly began to seek out a lifestyle of confession and repentance, I was able to fully understand the meaning of the verse in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
I definitely do not deserve God’s grace, His forgiveness, and His love but He gives it freely every day. “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
The good news is God knows we will sin. Isaiah 53:6 says, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” God is so powerful, He doesn’t just offer up His grace, but He can also bring good things from our failures.
He bears the weight of our sin so He can bring life from situations that should cause our death. That is true power! Let’s give God glory today for covering us with His Grace.
Praying the Word:
Lord, I want to thank you for Your great grace and mercy in my life. Help me to know and believe that Your grace covers over all of my iniquities. Help me to accept your forgiveness when I sin. Thank You that Your grace covers my weakness. In Jesus name, Amen