But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
- unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
- a virtue coming from God
- a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
The song “Amazing Grace” is one of my favorite hymns. The more I listen to the words, the more I feel God’s grace for us sinners. God does not measure sin, He only measures our willingness to be forgiven.
13 years ago, a man was arrested in connection to a double murder in downtown Atlanta. He then lied to the police about his involvement. He was detained in the Fulton County Jail for almost two weeks facing a possible murder conviction. The man tells the story of his first night behind bars:
“The first night I was in jail, a whisper came to me, and it said, ‘Can you hear me now?’
This does not mean you have to go to jail to hear God…or to receive His grace. We just have to get to the point of hearing. Sometimes, due to our own stubbornness, it takes us reaching our lowest point to actually hear Him.
The man held in that jail in downtown Atlanta was the Baltimore Ravens All-Pro and future Hall of Fame Linebakcer, Ray Lewis. God had a plan for Ray Lewis and it wasn’t about the Super Bowl. God’s plan for Ray Lewis is the same plan for you and I. God’s plan is a plan of redemption, grace, and mercy.
God only needs to get our attention. When we, like Ray Lewis, are willing to listen when God speaks, our lives are set free.
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” Romans 6:14
“All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:15
God’s grace has allowed Ray Lewis to continue his football career. God’s grace has also allowed Ray to use his voice to share God’s love with countless others. He tells anyone who will listen, “Don’t look at my yesterday, look at my tomorrow. I’ve said it before, God never changes. The relationship was there all along.”“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see. Was grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace; my fear, relieved. How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.”
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