grace.

Do you know what grace is?

If you aren’t familiar with Christianity, it is one of the gifts God has given us. I believe it is there for all of us, whether we are Christians are not. I think it’s part of the package for us to live in this world. The reason I think this is because of a scripture found in the Bible that says this:

For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

Right after that, Jesus explains that loving only people who love you is no big deal. Because Jesus loved every single person in the world whether they love him or not.  He is good to all. This love and this goodness is to open our eyes to see where it comes from.

God is not a harsh task-master with a book of rules. He wants us to love him back. In doing so, we find that we don’t want to do evil things.

That said, grace is what gets us through the difficult, tragic, painful circumstances in life. It’s not the “human spirit” as some would call it. It’s grace.

We can only do so much to help ourselves. Only God knows when we cannot take one more step.

grace

The Bible says this:

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.

The Apostle Paul went through this:

  • stoned and left for dead
  • beaten 3 times
  • whipped with 39 lashes
  • attacked by a mob
  • angry threats
  • shipwrecked 3 times and floated for a day in the ocean
  • bitten by a snake
  • imprisoned 2 years without a trial
  • criticized

Yet, this is what Paul said that God spoke to him:

My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

God gives us grace to get through whatever we are facing, no matter what it is.  Nothing is too much, too big, too complicated, or too tragic for God.

Do you believe?

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