Grace, Grace

“The angel said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to you: Your heart’s desire won’t be achieved by physical strength, earthly wealth, or political power. But it will be completed by my Spirit! What looks like a mountain right now will become a plain right before your eyes. All I’ve called you to will be wondrously accomplished with shouts of, “Grace, grace!”’” (Zechariah 4:6-7, paraphrase).

Sometimes you can look fine to everyone around you, but feel like you’re walking around with a gaping hole in your soul, a wound that can only be healed by grace.

Grace can get twisted into an abstract, unreachable force. But grace is the very real, very near presence of God. This healing, transforming grace is so powerful when you’re criticized and hated, and may be at its strongest when you feel disempowered and ignored.

“But he answered me, ‘My grace will always be more than enough for you. In fact, my power finds its fullest expression through your weakness’” (2 Corinthians 12:9a).

Grace doesn’t change relationships and circumstances for you. But grace does change you. You may have no strength of your own left, but God’s grace empowers you with all the faith, hope, love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness you need to transform your relationships and change your circumstances with him. If you’re feeling alone right now, know God hasn’t left you for one moment, and has more than enough grace for every moment to come.

“From the fullness of Christ we are fulfilled, and from him we receive grace upon grace! (John 1:16).

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