“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.”Ephesians 2:8-9
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.”2 Corinthians 12:9
Grace means not getting what you deserve. There is nothing we can do to earn grace. God gives it freely to His children.
I have always tried to “follow the rules” and do everything “right,” but there was no way I could. Humans will always make mistakes and poor choices. The only One who walked on earth blameless was Jesus. He was God in the flesh.
When I was a child, I would cry if someone just looked at me in a stern way. I remember a time when I did something wrong and my mom said sternly, “Rebecca Ann!” I looked up at her and asked, “Who’s that, mommy?” I had only been called by my nickname, Becky.
Like everyone, I get mad at people when I don’t need to, and I have the mind of an elephant who remembers some of the wrongs of others. I tell myself it’s just to protect me, so I won’t be hurt by them in the future. But I am not extending the grace to them that the Lord so freely gives me. Now, I am trying to be more forgiving of others. Let’s thank God for His grace and forgiveness daily.
Thank You for the grace that has been given to those who believe. We cannot earn it, yet you have given it freely through the death and resurrection of Your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to share that grace with others.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
Journal: Where have you been reminded of God’s grace recently? Thank Him for His grace towards you. Who could use some grace from you?
This devotion is included in Book 2 of PORCH CHAIR PRAYERS: 28 Spring and Summer Devotions with the Lord.