This is Day 4 of my 31 Days of Grace series for #Write31Days.
Isn’t God’s grace so beautiful?
In 1 Corinthians 15:10a, Paul says, “By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me was not in vain…” I find this so touching and relatable. Paul had been through a lot, spending a large part of his life persecuting Christ’s followers, until one day, in His infinite grace, Jesus met Paul (then Saul) face-to-face, forgave him, and steered him towards his true calling.
In my humanity, I can’t understand that kind of grace. I can’t fathom that kind of forgiveness. I am so thankful for it, though, because God also lavishes that same grace on me. Aren’t you thankful for His grace?
I, like Paul, have led a less-than-perfect life. I have sinned and, honestly, sometimes look back on my past with disgust. But I am forgiven by a God who knows me & knows grace.
I am who I am by the grace of God. That is a powerful statement. I have done what I have done, I do what I do, and I will do what I will do, all by His grace!
People tend to throw around the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason!” Usually they have an overly-cheery smile on their face and you get the feeling that whatever their “thing” is hasn’t happened to them yet!
But that actually is a truthful statement. I look back at my past and think, What could be the reason for all of that? But what if my life has been what it has been so I could understand the depth of God’s grace? So I can show that grace to others?
Let’s all be like Paul and be able to say that the endless grace that God has shown us has not been in vain, that our pasts (and especially Jesus’ sufferings for us-the ultimate expression of grace) have a purpose. Let’s feel confidant when we say We are who we are by the grace of God.
What a lovely reminder that we are who we are by God’s grace (and design). I have struggled with depression throughout my adult years, and I always wondered what was the purpose for it. But, I now empathize and understand women with PPD and other forms of depression. So thankful for His grace and this reminder that it’s available to each one of us. So glad I found you through #write31days!
Chandra, it is so nice when we realize what our struggles have been for! Thanks for reading!
Sometimes I don’t know the reason for years afterwards!!! But you’re right. So true!
I know, Paula. And I guess some things we’ll never know, at least until we’re in Heaven!:)
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