By Diane Virginia
We say grace before a meal.
We speak of God’s grace.
But do we really understand God’s grace?
Grace comes from the word charis and may be defined as “the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life” [Strongs’ Concordance, NT#5485]. But do we really know what grace is?
Paul knew something about grace. He had to, because he had experienced sorrows and extreme difficulties. He had been shipwrecked, beaten, imprisoned, whipped, tormented by mockers, and stoned. He acknowledged that he wrote with “large letters” probably due to failing eyesight (Galatians 6:11). Indeed, Paul knew troubles, yet he was inwardly strong. Why? He didn’t focus–or perhaps he couldn’t focus–on his enemies; instead, he trusted in the power of Christ. Paul’s weaknesses, regardless of what they were at the moment, compelled him to trust Christ. He did not allow circumstances to dictate his attitude or his focus. And so, whether he was writing, preaching, or performing miracles, Paul did it to further the cause of Christ.
What about you? Are you facing troubles? Let your focus be upward, and you will discover the power of grace within your life.
Christ will reveal His grace to you.
He will empower you with grace to conquer the trial that you face.
Gracious God, help me to model Paul’s reliance upon you, so that Your grace may rest upon my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Copyright © 2016: All Rights Reserved: VineWords Stories and Devotions Inspired by the Vine: Author Diane Virginia Cunio; Pen Name, Diane Virginia: The Power of Grace: http://www.vinewords.net
Published (similar version): July, 2015: The Secret Place: Winter, 2015: Devotional Magazine: Judson Press: Valley Forge, PA: http://www.judsonpress.com
About the Author
Diane Virginia Cunio is the author of The Kiss of Peace: An Intimate Exploration into Song of Solomon and Behind the Veil: Becoming the Bride of Song of Solomon (both awaiting publication). She is passionate about sharing Beloved Jesus’ divine love for you, His bride, as allegorically portrayed in the vignette, Song of Solomon.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer-stations for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places you as Beloved’s bride travel to in Song of Solomon.
Diane is a regular contributor for Christian Broadcasting Network and Faith Beyond Fear. She has also written for Pentecostal Publishing House, The Secret Place, and other ministries.