By Diane Virginia
Grace. We say grace before a meal. We speak of 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 you focus be upward, and you will discover the power of grace within your life. Christ will reveal to you His persona, and He will empower you with grace to conquer the trial that you face.
PRAYER: Gracious God, help me to model Paul’s reliance upon you, so that Your grace may rest upon my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
PUBLISHED, JULY 2015: THE SECRET PLACE: WINTER, 2015: DEVOTIONAL MAGAZINE: JUDSON PRESS: VALLEY FORGE, PA: www.judsonpress.com[Top]