SUMMER CONNECTIONS: God’s Gift of Grace

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“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 

1 Corinthians 12:9a

What a powerful promise Paul received from the Lord himself.  He wanted to be free from his suffering, but God promised him the grace and power to endure it.

 

Do you wonder at times what God’s grace is all about?  Webster’s dictionary describes it as “the love and favor of God toward human beings.”  When God showers his grace on us, then he also uses us to pass that grace onto others.

 

Carla came to my hospital bedside early one Monday morning.  She had a full day lined up, but she treated me like I was the only one she would see that day.  We knew that the week held many diagnostic procedures for me and some crucial decisions.  Carla read Psalm 57:1-3 (NRSV).  The writer here calls to God for mercy “until the destroying storms pass by.”  We discussed his love and faithfulness and grace in the midst of our hurts.  Then she prayed.  But as she prayed, I realized she was singing the song, “He Giveth More Grace.”  It was so moving and God’s Spirit was so present.  She sang verse after verse and repeated the chorus.  It was a holy time as we worshipped together in my curtained-off bed ward.

 

God’s grace?  Yes, abundant and free.

 

“His love has no limits; His grace has no measure,

His power has no boundary known unto men.

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,

He giveth and giveth and giveth again.”

That day I was overwhelmed with the love of the Father for me personally.  Such love that he would go to the cross for my salvation.  What love!  What grace!  “The love and favor of God.”  Do you long for the abundant, sufficient gift of grace that the Father bestows on those who trust him?  As the song goes, he gives freely, he gives lavishly, he gives beyond all measure.  Listen for yourself, and let the music remind you of God’s boundless grace. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_73Q6dVq_0g

 

Paul’s letters to the early churches have much to say on grace.   He closes many of his letters with the words, “Grace be with you.”  This, too, is my prayer for you.

  

Father, thank you for your abundant grace in giving us your Son.  Help us to extend grace to others.  Help us Lord, that our lips may be annointed with grace.  And give us a willing heart to wait for you.

Why not read through the book or Romans this summer and discover more about God’s grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 Contributed by Hildy Dyck

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