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Soaked in God's Grace

Grace is often defined as God’s unmerited blessing, freely bestowed on those who do not deserve it. But what exactly does that mean, look like?  I have often struggled to grasp the concept of grace.  It seems to be like the wind – intangible, tough to comprehend.  Maybe grace, like the wind, is best understood by what it does, the effects it leaves.

The beloved Psalm 23 paints for us a picture of what God’s Grace brings about: 

“The Lord is my Shepherd”.  Because of His Grace, I have a one-on-one, personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. He bought me with a price.  I am His.

“I shall not want.”  His Grace has provided everything I will ever need. I lack nothing.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures”.  He provides rest from striving and worrying in every circumstance in life. I am content.

“He leads me beside still waters.”  He brings me to places of relaxation, refreshment and rejuvenation.  I am revived.

“He restores my soul.” Grace brings healing, serenity, peace. I am well with my soul.

“He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”  He reveals His plan for my life, step by step, honoring Him.  I have His best.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me”.  Grace overcomes anxiety.  I am free from fear.

“Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”  Grace walks alongside, protecting me.  I am never alone.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies”.  God is a Gracious Giver. I am lavished upon.

“You anoint my head with oil.”  His Grace gives my life purpose and dignity.  I am significant and valued.

“My cup overflows.”  His Grace cannot be thwarted or contained. I am overwhelmed with His loving-kindness.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”  I am continuously pursued by His love.

“And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”   I am secure in His eternal presence. 

Grace is God’s love touching us. Not because we’ve earned it or deserve it.  We don’t.  Rather, just because He chooses to love us.

Let us worship the Grace-giver!

-Kathi Fritz (a contributing writer and member of the COBI community)

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