Walking in Grace

Read: Lamentations 3:22-24

Two weeks ago I used this same passage of scripture combined with another. This time I would like you to read these three verses from Lamentations once again by themselves. Did you catch in verse 23 that God’s mercy and grace is new every morning? Not just on Monday, not just on Sunday, but each morning you wake up and roll out of bed.

This past Sunday in our worship service a song by Laura Story was shared. It really brought this scripture to mind when the words said, “You’ll walk in the power of my daily sufficient grace.” Do you walk in that power, or do you let Satan and the world try to tell you that you are a failure and that you are defeated because you are not good enough?

God says “My grace, my mercy for you is sufficient.” I looked up the word sufficient in the dictionary and this is how it is defined. “Enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end.” In other words, no amount of guilt, shame, sin, failure, shortcomings, or whatever else, is greater than the mercy God has for you.

As Christians we need to claim that, we need to walk in that grace daily! The well-known secular humanist and novelist in England, Marghanita Laski, said just before she died in 1988, “What I envy most about you Christians is your forgiveness; I have nobody to forgive me.” The saddest part of that quote is that she really did, she just didn’t believe it or receive it.

Of course God’s grace comes to us through Jesus Christ who paid the sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. When we accept him as our Lord and Savior and receive the gift of grace and forgiveness that he has bought for us, we can walk in it daily.

Alexander Maclaren once said, “The word “grace” is a kind of shorthand for the whole sum of unmerited blessings which come to us through Jesus Christ.” Praise the Lord that we can walk in that power. And may it also encourage us to be forgiving and graceful to each other as well.

Here is a link to a youtube version of Laura Story’s song. I hope that it will bless you as it has blessed me this week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51LGsPMKeAE

Make it personal: What is weighing you down this week? A failure, a lie that says you are not good enough? Is it a feeling of guilt for something you have done this week or in the past? Whatever it is, it’s time to claim this verse and walk in the power of Christ’s daily sufficient grace!

Have a wonderful week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church