Farm Wife Devotions: Grace continued
Grace, specifically the grace which comes from God has been on my heart and mind lately. I fall short of extending myself grace and sometimes even extending grace to those closest to me. So, I decided to continue my study of it and share it with you!
My first Farm Wife Devotion on Grace can be read here.
The word "grace" is mentioned 57 times in the Bible!
From what I can see, and I'm no Bible scholar, there are two Greek words for "grace".
For your information and just in case you are curious...The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the New Testament was written in Greek. In the Greek language, you'll occasionally find several words that have similar meaning, whereas in the English language we use one word that can be used many different ways. "Love" is an example for this. We use the English word "Love" to mean many different things. But in the Greek language they have several different words that describe "love". It is the same for the Greek word "grace".
Charis - "graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act...(especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude):-acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
Charisma - "a (divine) gratuity, i.e. deliverance (from danger or passion); (specifically) a (spiritual) endowment, i.e. (subject) religious qualification, or (object) miraculous faculty:- (free) gift.
It would take a very long time to go through and share all the different verses that talk about grace, so I won't do that here, but encourage you to do your own study for yourself!
I will share the verse about grace that spoke the strongest to me today. It is this one:
It is in our weakness that God's power is made perfect. We don't have to be perfect to receive God's grace.
If in my imperfection, I receive God's grace, then it should be the same for me to extend grace to those around me.
I cannot expect perfection from them before extending grace! Besides, it's not my grace I should be extending, but God's grace!
The second part of the verse is just as important as the first! Paul, who wrote 1 and 2 Corinthians, goes onto to say that he will "glory" in his weakness. I'm not exactly sure what the Greek definition of "glory" is, but to me it means that I will be grateful for my weaknesses, so that the power of God can ultimately show and work through my life!
Father, please help me to consider my weakness as opportunities for Your power to show and work through my life. Help me extend Your grace to others, just as You continually extend grace to me. Amen!
You can find last week's Farm Wife Devotional here!