Friday, September 28, 2012

Promises - Grace

The promise of a boundless supply of life-giving grace:  forgiveness, joy and thankfulness for the goodness of God captures our hearts today.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that ye, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.  2 Corinthians 9:8

God assures us there is no lack in our ability to live a life of faith when we draw on His grace.  What a nourishing promise for our souls!  Before we look at this indescribable gift, stop to ask God where you need to let more of His grace flow.  Who or what in your life needs the joy that comes with God’s transforming touch?

In Psalm 51, David’s eloquent plea for cleansing, he cried out to God seeking the restoration of joy in his heart.  David recognized that the forgiveness of God is our life source of joy and thankfulness.  Joy in the Lord is our strength for living with faith in the goodness of God.  Grace brings salvation to sinful man!  Crying out in true sorrow over our sinful choices opens the windows of our heart to receive the bounty of heaven.  Joy and thankfulness overflows hearts that humbly agree with God’s judgment of sin.

The generous grace of God flooding a human heart spills into the lives of others.  Allowing our hearts to receive undeserved forgiveness enables us to give the same to others.  His grace provides us with strength to live trusting His goodness to work in every circumstance.  When we are tempted to trust in ourselves, to fight for our rights and have our own way, the over-abundance of the grace of God needs to be received—and dispensed.  Receiving grace allows us to ‘abound’ in work that testifies to the glory of God!

The Westminster Catechism beautifully states our life purpose:  ‘The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’  When we enjoy God, we do glorify Him.  Ephesians (Paul) tells us we are created for good work—for work that has eternal value.  In the infinite grace and wisdom of the Creator, He understood that human weakness would best display the beauty of His grace.  Like Paul, we glorify God best when we rejoice in our desperate need for Him.  Covering our weaknesses robs the world of glimpses of Grace.  Embracing our failures in the light of His forgiveness floods our soul with joy and strength.  Claim the promise of grace and let His glory transform your world!

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