2 Corinthians 12:8-9: Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
We must learn to depend completely upon God instead of our own feeble and insufficient power. When we come to terms with our weaknesses and limitations and cry out to God, we receive grace that is sufficient for whatever difficulties we face.
Hebrews 4:16: Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Life brings so many frustrating and tiresome challenges and we often feel discouraged and overwhelmed by life’s difficulties. Instead of looking to the things of this world for peace and comfort, we are reminded to turn to God’s throne of grace, where we will receive the mercy and grace we need in our time of need.
1 Peter 5:10: And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Sometimes we feel that God is so far away and is unconcerned about our human condition. We must remember that God’s presence is always with us as we journey through life on this earth. This passage reminds us that in life we will face times of suffering but those times will not last forever. Our mighty God, who gives us the free gift of salvation and who calls us to eternal glory in Christ, will heal, restore, and strengthen us so we can show others the way to everlasting life.
John 1:14: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The disciples testified to the “Word” becoming flesh and dwelling among them. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Savior, exemplifies grace and truth. As His disciples, we are also called to demonstrate grace and truth to those we encounter out in the world. Jesus displayed love and compassion to those he came into contact with and he expects us to do the same. This fallen world seems to grow darker with each passing day. As followers of Christ, we are commanded to take the light of Christ and his eternal kingdom out into the world each day as we reflect the grace, mercy, and truth of the Gospel.
May the peace and grace of God be with you today and everyday.