What is God’s Grace Exactly?
Tonight this blog came about by talking to my husband about a certain “weakness” that really does need strengthening in me. I have the tendency for people who are Christians and have been for years who still shun the truth of God‘s Word to get me really miffed. This does more than gets under my skin a little bit. Well, to make a long story short, I, yes the “gracious” me as you all know me, stirred up a bit of controversy because I did tell the truth about something but I did it a bit harshly. I tried telling it gently for a long period of time, but for what reason, I am not sure why, I finally let it fly at a person who just would not “let go and let God”. As I talked to my husband about how unfair this situation was to me he gave me a really great pep talk that I needed and I am sure will need again! But, I am determined to learn and I will! This is what he told me.
Whenever Paul was experiencing his issues of being buffeted by satan, God said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” In Paul’s weakness he was made strong by God’s grace. In other words, grace is much more than just our children’s church definition of “unmerited favor“. It is also undeserved blessing, free gifts. The Greek for grace comes from the words joy and rejoicing. In other words, we have reason or “cause to rejoice” because God’s grace is all-sufficient for every area of our life. Paul told Timothy to be strengthened by the grace of God in the midst of his trials and tests. In 2 Corinthians Paul tells the Corinthian church that God’s grace causes us to have all-sufficiency in all things. That all- sufficiency in all things encompasses ALL THINGS, more than just in giving. Like in Paul’s situation and in Timothy’s situation, as well as our situations. In other words, God’s all-encompassing grace that provided all sufficiency in all things causes us that are mature in Christ TO REJOICE in whatever situation we face!
I have to remember that the thing that buffets me, or is a thorn in my flesh are people who should know better than to beg God and plead with Him to answer their prayers and I need to realize they are always going to exist. In my contact with them, I cannot take on their unwillingness to use their authority in the name of Jesus, and the Word of God. I have to be responsible, however, to love them and pray that one day the truth of God’s Word will become Spirit and life to them. I must be patient and until it becomes a true revelation!!
Blessings, dear reader! I will see you soon!