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The Beauty of Weakness
2 Corinthians 12:9
Paul's Definition of Grace
Paul beautifully writes about his trust in God's grace. What is "grace" ?
In Christianity, grace is defined as the infinite love, mercy, favor, and goodwill shown to humankind by God.
"My grace is sufficient for you" I read this and I can imagine the Lord whispering into my ear: "Olivia, my grace is adequate for you" "Olivia, my grace is necessary for you", "Olivia, my grace is abundant for you" but finally, "Olivia, my beloved, my grace is enough for you"
Who would've guessed? The All-Sufficient would infinitely give everything to be enough for me? The unlovely sinner. I am so undeserving of the love of my Father.
As all of us have done at one point and continue to do is put other things before our time with the Lord. The precious quality time we can find rest in, with our heavenly Father. Spend time with the Lord and you will not regret it. Just as David promises us in Psalms 127:2, "In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat--for he grants sleep to those he loves."
He is named Comforter for a reason. I claim to know that the Lord doesn't throw all these responsibilities and trials at us because He wants to see us fail. No, He permits situations to happen, in and out of our personal control, in order that we might draw near to Him. As I am reflecting on these past couple weeks, I've had to ask myself if I have been doing that?
Has there ever been a time when you literally felt like everything that could possibly go wrong.....was? Ha! I write you, being in that exact spot today. But I read this and I am reminded of a promise my God makes to me every day: "My power is made perfect in weakness".
The Lord's power is made perfect in your weakness
It's like people that have never experienced sadness, or heartbreak will never be able to truly appreciate happiness. The Lord wants to be glorified in all things, in good and in bad. We're all sinners and seperated from God- until we commit ourselves to Jesus, which is the only way to the Father. But we've tasted and we've seen darkness. The good news is that the Lord is the Light! You don't have to be afraid of the darkness or the hard times, because the Lord is the light and will lead the way.
Paul goes on to talk about how he will boast all the more gladly, so that Christ's power may rest on him. What a beautiful image:Power made perfect in weakness.