Daily Delight

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Last week, when I wrote about 2 Corinthians, I skipped over the word “grace” used in verse 9.

But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (v. 9)

I did it on purpose, because, honestly, I don’t like that word. I try to avoid it. I think “grace” is messy and unrequited. It’s a two-way street that meets me at a dead end both ways. It makes me feel like I am trying to walk up the downside of an escalator.

Grace is tricky. The Bible tells us that grace is because of something good in God, and not because of something good in us. Yet, grace is used to discredit people and their actions.

I love the story in John 9 of Jesus healing the blind man, because I once learned that it is the only physical miracle that Jesus performs. The Pharisees insisted on vilifying the blind man in order to discredit the miracle that Jesus had performed. The Pharisees believed in the written Law of Moses, which was outside the Old Testament. They taught the doctrines of man, where as Jesus stood as the embodiment of the commandments of God. Jesus was just a little too radical for them. Many people refer to the Pharisees as hypocrites. They were intent on using the Law of Moses to denigrate Christ, but they were purely defending their own righteousness.
The New Testament has a constant theme of grace as God’s love in action toward those who merited the opposite. And you see, that’s where I start to high-tail out of that grace stuff. I am supposed to love them? And love them well? I am supposed to show them grace?
Yes. Grace is democratic - everyone is equal and everyone can participate.
Jesus said, For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind. -John 9:39

The miracle Jesus performs In John 9 is symbolic to the revelation that we are all spiritually blind. There is not one person more worthy of grace than the other. Grace demands an obedience that comes from faith, and not what will produce the most results. Grace is what God has already done for us that we cannot do ourselves.

Grace is tricky. But it is abundant in love. And like Paul with his thorn, it is sufficient.

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About the Author

Brandi Olmos≫ ≫ Brandi, 23, is a nomadic military wife and mama to two little boys, currently residing in Dayton, Ohio. She can normally be found in the middle of a good book, behind the lens of her camera, or in front of a large bowl of spaghetti. With a degree in history, she awakened her love of writing through researching the past. Above all, she believes in passionate pursuits, vulnerable faith, agape love, and the power of grace and forgiveness through her Heavenly Father. You can follow her thoughts and adventures at brandiolmos.com.


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