But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6
Grace is the cure for bitterness.
Grace is the cure for jealousy.
Grace is the cure for anger, resentment, and hurt.
Grace is the cure for all of the gaps in our life.
Grace is the cure for your past, present, and future.
Every year I pick a word that I feel The Lord is pressing upon my heart as sort of a guidance for what key I will need for the upcoming year. When I heard the word GRACE for 2017 my first reaction was how difficult it was going to be to offer grace to other people. I just automatically thought it was going to be a difficult year with people and I was just going to have to have good will power to “bite my tongue”, and be nice even when people don’t deserve it.
But once I felt like God was going to pour out His grace upon my life I actually started to get excited.
Even though I felt like giving other people grace was going to difficult, it’s actually a lot easier than carrying around suspicion, or an offense, for an entire year of lifetime. I’ve had plenty of moments this year to offer grace, and God has been faithful to show me grace, too.
With every worry, fear, anxiety, pain, hurtful and disappointing relationship or interactions, grace truly is the cure. Some offenses just aren’t worth holding on to, and if we believe in God then we can trust that He is a just and fair God who sees the bigger picture instead of the small offense we have had to endure.
Last year needed a lot of grace, and I almost had wished it was my word for the year or I would have invested a little bit of time offering, and receiving, God’s grace. But last year my focus was BELIEVE, and I know it was the foundation for what God wanted to do in my life for this year.
In 2016 my faith was stretched once again and I spent a lot of time simply believing God. Believing God for His promises, and through one of the toughest years of my life.
I remember specifically sitting in the chair in my room one day last year struggling with responding in a situation with something that I knew was the result of a lack of faith. It was so difficult for me to not do anything and to just BELIEVE God would give me the answers that I sought. I cried and I prayed about how difficult it was to just not do the act that was me working in my own flesh, and to just trust God. But you know what? God was truly faithful. Even though last year was a very difficult year, one that stretched my faith, so many prayers were answered and I believe it was simply because I believed God.
Jesus did so many miracles simply because people believed in Him. The ones who didn’t believe in Him, and only wanted to use him, were the ones who were unable to truly witness the power that lived in Jesus. Belief is a huge part of our walk, and so is grace.
What we believe is the foundation our faith because in order to receive God’s grace we need to believe in Jesus.
So last year my focus was believing God, and this year my focus in receiving the grace that comes from believing.
Grace is truly the cure for a lot of things, and it’s an easier burden to bear in this life. It’s only day 2 of the New Year and I am already seeing what a gift grace truly is.