As long as we live and breathe we will not fully understand grace. When Paul was struggling with the thorn in his side he begged God three times to remove it.
But God did not. God said to Paul,
And God said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for (My) power is perfected in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
God’s grace is sufficient. Meaning whatever and however God works in us will be enough to meet any and all of our needs. During the church age men and woman have written hundreds of books on grace. What grace means. Where grace comes from. How grace works. What grace can do, or can not do. The subject has been dissected more than Mississippi River bullfrogs in all the Biloxi high school biology classes. The 25-cent definition of grace to me is simply the work of God in the lives of authentic followers of Jesus.
One of my blogging friends, Rick Rhoem, wrote what I believe is a 10,000-foot-view, spot on definition of grace in one of his posts. I wanted to share it with you here:
Strong’s concordance says God’s Grace is a divine influence upon the heart of man that is reflected in that life.The Bible says we are saved by Grace not of works lest any man should boast. The Grace of God flows from Calvary is received by men and women that trust Christ’s suffering and death alone for personal forgiveness for their sins. Forgiveness of sins and holiness of chartacter is a product of God’s Divine Grace that cleanses the heart from all unrighteouness and teaches a man how to live, act, and behave. This Grace I am writing about is a blessing from God granted to every believing heart on this planet. This Grace is to be accepted and held on to, firmly, every day of our existence in Christ. This Grace is what saves us and changes us morally! Rick Rhoem
To read more posts by Rick Rhoem visit his blog at: http://churchesontrial.blogspot.com/