Today is a grumpy day…
My brain is fuzzy.
I feel stretched and pulled in too many directions at once.
I’m in need of grace.
According to the Bible, grace is God’s unmerited favor and kindness toward me. But my favorite definition from the original language of Scripture is this:
Grace is God’s divine influence on my heart and soul that is reflected in my life.”
I love what the Complete Word Study Dictionary has to say about God’s grace in my life:
Grace remains constant in, and basic to, a believer’s fight without against the devil and his struggle within against sin. Renewal is stimulated and impelled by God’s illuminating and strengthening of the soul, and will continue and increase so long as the soul perseveres.
That’s what I need today—Grace.
I need God’s presence and His Word to flood my heart and mind with His truth and His ways. Left to my own devices, I make a mess of things! I don’t respond with the love of Christ. So…I need grace.
God’s Word floods my heart and soul with the words and promises I need to hear today:
…and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. —1 Timothy 1:14
…that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen —Ephesians 3:16-21
Be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus. —2 Timothy 2:1
Rejoicing in His Grace!