K H A R I S
Two of the most unlikely words to put together would be COVID and Grace, but without Grace, COVID would rule the world. It does not define us but it does cause us to take pause, and evaluate each step we take into the future. A future that will be marked by this insatiable virus. You can tell by the number of variants that this pestilence does not wish to diminish. We will diminish it by using good, safe and smart practices. This is not the last virus that will visit us. Luke 21:11 tells us there will be “famines and pestilences…” We are not to fear the end of time, for it will usher in our eternity with the Lord. We are called to endure to the end. We not only endure but we rejoice in our weakness so that his strength will be seen. No weapon formed against us shall prosper and God’s grace is sufficient are promises to depend on.
God’s grace is much more than sufficient as reflected in the following quotes;
“The very center and core of the whole Bible is the doctrine of the grace of God.”J. Gresham Machen
“Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.”B.B. Warfield
“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.”John Stott
“[Grace] is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.”Jerry Bridges
“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.”Paul Zahl
I believe “Grace” is the most important concept in the Bible. We can refer to numerous verses talking about God’s grace but for me, it is clearly defined in Rom 5:8 “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Grace has always been explained to me with mercy, in that, God’s grace gives us what we don’t deserve but God’s mercy keeps us from receiving what we do deserve.
The world is ever changing; be sober, be vigilant and show the grace you have received and bless those you serve, with his mercy. Remember God's gracious gift of supernatural peace, which is not tied to any changes in the world:
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."John 16:33
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."John 14:27
I would love for us to create a ‘new normal’, one where we show respect to all living things, exhort our brothers and sisters, love our neighbors and become good stewards of what has been entrusted to us. Isn’t that a world worth living in? How would you define it?
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