Character Study

Grace

We say it. But, do we mean it? Do we even understand what it means?

We can have it. But, do we get it? Do we even give it in return?

Grace isn’t just something we say at a meal. It isn’t given out of plenty. It is given out of necessity, out of longing, out of deep, agonizing want. It is given out of suffering that sweats blood.

It is a gift, this suffering unto grace. It is for our benefit. When we suffer, we feel a finger-prick of what pierced His side for us. All we give to our brothers and sisters is a dab compared to what He spilled out for us.

Yet, we complain.

We forget to bow our heads before consuming the bounty. We forget about the bounty sin put upon His head.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:15 NIV

One Good Thing Every Day 2014

One Good Thing Every Day: A Father’s Compassion

Psalm 103:8-12 NIV

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;