God’s grace toward mankind is abundant. He is merciful toward us even when we fail to live up to His Word and His will for our lives. His mercy and grace are longstanding and were evident even in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve first disobeyed Him. Although He banished them from the garden, He continued to have a relationship with them and their descendants. And it was through His grace that Jesus came to become our salvation, through His death and resurrection. God knows that, as humans, we are born into sin and we are imperfect. Yet He continues to love us and care for us, and the scriptures He left for us show us just how much His grace and mercy benefit us as His children. This is evident in Isaiah 55:7, where we read, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
God is not willing that anyone perish, but that every one of us would accept His plan of salvation through Christ Jesus. In Titus 2:11-12, we read, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” And in Ephesians 2:8-9, we are told, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” His roadmap is laid out in the Bible, and we need only take the time to read and study to know His will for our lives.
Ephesians 2:4-5 tells us, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved). In 2 Timothy 1:9, Paul tells us, speaking of God, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” And Romans 3:23-26 reminds us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” God, in His infinite wisdom, knew long before we ever existed that we would need more than ourselves to overcome the evil of this world. So, He sent His precious Son to prepare a way for us to join Him in eternity.
God’s grace is plenteous in this life as well. He knew that we would have difficulties here, and His grace will always be more than enough for us when we keep our faith in Him. In 2 Chronicles 30:9b we learn, “For the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away His face from you, if ye return unto Him.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul understood that when he was weak, God could work through him to accomplish His will. Sometimes we think that it is our strength that helps us to persevere, but we will find much more strength in our Heavenly Father when we relinquish the need to be strong and trust instead in His grace. Instead of trying to be self-reliant and ‘tough it out’, thinking we are better than others in a similar position, let us seek to be as we read in Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
When troubles come - and they will come - turn to God and trust Him to see you through every trial and tribulation. His love, mercy, and grace are abundant, and He is always listening when we come to Him in prayer and praise. Never forget where grace comes from. In 2 Timothy 2:1, Paul is speaking to Timothy and reminds him, “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” And always remember, as we read in Hebrews 4:11, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Grace and blessings on your path,
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