Friday, November 18, 2016

Sufficient Grace

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.
2 Corinthians 12:9

Sometimes our human nature is more than we can handle. We wrestle with sin again and again, and it becomes discouraging. We’re tempted to give up. The struggle is often consistently intense, and we long for just a moment of relief, but it does not come. Our weakness, our infirmities, our sinfulness is constant. We cry out to God to remove the pain from our hearts and minds, but He says “no”.

It’s not an empty “no”, however. He says “No. BUT I give you My sufficient grace to walk through your life with it. My sufficient grace is that which picks you up when you keep letting Me down. My sufficient grace is that which abounds in forgiveness each time you fall short of My glory. I promise that as long as you’re seeking My face, I will pour out my sufficient grace on you. I will give you an increased hatred for sin, so you will continually pursue after righteousness. You must share in My Son’s sufferings, for He was tempted like as you are, but My sufficient grace will make it possible for you.”

It is in weakness that Christ’s sufficient strength is made known. We cannot know the heights of His strength until we understand the deepness of our weakness. Only then will we glory in our struggles, temptations, trials, pain, and infirmities. We will glory because we know that through our sinful nature, Christ is increasingly magnified. It takes darkness to show forth the brightness of light, and when Jesus is held up to our sinfulness, we see Him in all His glory. His power rests upon us, giving our hearts and minds the strength of His sufficient grace.

2 comments:

  1. I especially appreciated that last paragraph: "It takes darkness to show forth the brightness of light, and when Jesus is held up to our sinfulness, we see Him in all His glory."
    It's good to remember our sinfulness when we're using it as a means to see the grace of God. ;)

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    1. Yes, indeed it is. Thanks so much for your comment. Made my day. <3

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