Is grace enough? Is grace enough for…
*the embarrassment of your past?
*the guilt of the affair you are hiding?
*the sting of the bitterness of divorce?
*the grief of the death of a loved one?
*the prison of the addiction you’re in?
*the suffering of the abuse of a family member?
*the heartbreak of the backstabbing by your best friend?
*the shame of the abortion you had or are contemplating?
“Powerful enough to erase your guilt.
Big enough to cover your shame.
Real enough to hold you when you’re weak.
Strong enough to cure your bitter heart.
Satisfying enough to deal with your disappointments.
Beautiful enough to redeem your brokenness.” *
…if it had a taste, it would be like the sweet wedding wine of the first miracle.
…if it had a feeling, it would be like the touch of healing after 12 years of bleeding.
…if it had a smell, it would be like the fragrant outpouring of perfume upon Jesus’ head.
…if it had a look, it would be the empty cross after Jesus’ crucifixion.
…if it had a sound, it would be the voice of Jesus saying, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11 NKJV)
That is grace!
It is greater than your secrets.
It is greater than your diagnosis.
Grace will hold you when you’re suffering.
Grace will pick you up when you’re knocked down.
So, is grace enough? Yes!
Praise the Lord! Grace is extravagant, unrestrained, costly, precious, valuable, unreserved, expansive, lavish, outpouring, overwhelming, free-flowing, elaborate, and exceedingly great!
Grace is beyond what your mind can imagine and greater than all you can go through.
Jesus says, “My grace is sufficient for you.” (2 Cor. 12:9 NKJV) Sufficient: to ward off, to avail, to be possessed of unfailing strength, to be strong, to aid, to be satisfied, be contented with.
Grace is greater than what you’ve done because of what Jesus did for you.
Grace is an encounter with a “Love so amazing, so divine,” that it “demands my soul, my life, my all.” (When I Survey the Wondrous Cross)
Others are watching you. Your life’s message is a sermon to others. What does your life say to them? If you are suffering, do others see the Lord’s grace at work in you? Do you ask the Lord to use your suffering for His glory, that you might have sympathy for another suffering soul in his or her ordeal and bring comfort and grace to that one?
May another find grace for healing of body, soul, and spirit through your heartache and trials. May another’s wounds be soothed through your scars. And may your life testify to the Gospel of Grace.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory.” (Eph. 3:20-21a NKJV)
Is grace enough?
Overwhelming blessings of grace to you…Lynn
* Kyle Idleman