May 19, 2019
“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”John 1:16 (ESV)
Grace highlights our relationship with God. In the midst of our continual shortcomings, weaknesses, fears, and bondage to sin, the gospel of grace teaches us that God not only gives us grace but gives us Himself in grace by His Son and through His Spirit. God is constantly showering us with underserved favor for Jesus’ sake.
The comforting words of Psalm 103 remind us that “the Lord is compassionate and gracious”
(v. 8). Because of God’s simplicity (turn back to Days 2 and 3), we are reminded that grace and graciousness are the hallmarks of our God. There is no hidden corner of God that is ungracious. Therefore, “he does not treat us as our sins deserve” (v. 10). Furthermore, we see the relationship between His omniscience and graciousness in which He knows our weakness but is not surprised by it (v. 13-16).
Peter was no doubt surprised by his own unfaithfulness when he denied Jesus (Luke 22:31.34; 54-62). Yet Jesus, being full of grace, already knew He would restore Peter fully (v. 32). That’s grace upon grace!
In what ways are you particularly in need of God’s grace today? Know that He gives Himself to you in your sin and confusion.
Bible In A Year
- 2 Samuel 5-6
- Psalm 138
- Philippians 1-2