7 Scriptures About Grace

22. October 2017 Bite of Bread, grace 5
7 Scriptures About Grace

I’ve always wanted to be graceful.

And gracious.

And full of grace to those around me.

But I flunked out of ballet when I was five.

And I don’t always lend generously to all around me. It depends on my moods.

Some days I seem to be better at pointing out others’ need to give grace than giving it myself.

But that’s the beautiful thing about grace, especially God’s grace.

God’s grace removes the pressure to be good enough, kind enough, gentle enough, ballerina- graceful enough. God’s grace says, “I love you just the way you are.”

In God’s grace I am enough and so are you.

And when grace is given, well, it kind of rubs off.

A beautiful article on grace was written by a dear friend of mine on her blog, The Gritty Pearl. Though Meg wrote about her birth- mother’s struggle with postpartum depression, in honor of World Mental Health Day, what I read in her words was the gift of grace.

I believe grace helped Meg understand her mom and forgive her for leaving. Grace helped my friend write that article and open her heart to others. You never know how your gift of grace will be past on to someone else in need of grace.

Grace frees us. 

Grace makes us brave.

Grace makes us whole. 

“For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourself, it is a gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

“Saved” is the Greek word Sozo which means “To save, deliver, make whole, preserve from danger, loss or destruction.”

I know we always focus on our eternal sozo, but I can’t help but see how God’s grace begins to work on us the minute we do believe. Grace saves us from our own destructive tendencies such as unforgiveness, bitterness, and revenge.

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Every Day Grace

God’s grace empowers us daily. Jennifer Dukes Lee writes, “Because of God at work in you, you have more power than you dared imagine.” Her article You have More Control Than You Think, is an example of “grace-full” thinking. It’s a delightful post of what we can control and what God can handle. Yep, there are things we can control.

I pray for grace all the time. It’s not the salvation-type grace. I’m secure in that. But I do pray for His empowering grace when counseling a friend, or responding to a painful e-mail, or trying to open my front door with arms full of groceries! Yes, I believe His grace helps me open my door when I need help. 🙂

The great thing about grace is there is no end to it’s treasure. God’s grace has no limit. We simply must open the gift.

Come study grace with me.

Bite of Bread Reading Plan on Grace

 

Sneak Peek

Ephesians 2:8: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

2 Corinthians 12: 8-9: Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

John 1: 14: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Hebrews 4:16: Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

2 Peter 1: 2: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

1 Peter 4:10:  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

James 4:6:  But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[a]

 

Go Deeper: Give God 5 Minutes

The saying is true that you get out of something what you put into it. Though the minimum is better than nothing–the minimum being reading the verse for the day and running out the door. The minimum won’t allow your spirit to breathe and your ears to hear what Holy Spirit wants to share. Many of us don’t have time for a full blown Bible study every morning, but we do have time for 5 minutes with God.

Prayer is powerful; it waters our souls, but digging deeper into the Word feeds us. I think of the Bible as fertilizer for the heart. So, here’s a tool to help you go deeper and live a fuller, healthier spiritual life. I’ve made a Printable with Prompts and Questions. Every week I make printables with all of the verses for the BoB and extra thoughts and questions to enrich your quiet time in the Word.

Want the printable? It’s free! Click here. 

Daily Broadcast and Giveaway

Monday morning I’ll draw the winner for Francis Frangipane’s book This Day We Fight.  We had a great time studying how to be a warrior rather than a worrier on last week’s Bite of Bread. Join us a 8:20 AM ET every morning on Facebook or watch later on my You Tube channel for encouraging fellowship and digging deeper into the verse for the day.

I feel a prayer coming on. Grab my hands.

“Dear Lord, thank you for grace. Help us accept the grace you’ve given us. We pray the grace you’ve given us will rub off of us onto the other drivers on the road, our coworkers, our spouses and children, and those people we really want to stay angry with. Remind us to pray for your empowering grace. We love you. Amen.”

 

Have a great week!

 

Digging Deep in Grace,

 

Andy

 

PS. If this was encouraging, and you don’t want to miss any Bite of Bread reading plans and posts, subscribe today! You’ll receive a 22-Day Devotion on Psalm 119 called Finding the Beauty Full in God’s Word. Just click here to dig deep to live fully. 🙂 

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5 thoughts on “7 Scriptures About Grace”

  • 1
    Sarah Geringer on October 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi Andy. I’m linked up with you at #gritup. You have a wonderful blog! Sharing this post on FB and Twitter. Glad to meet you!

    • 2
      Andy on October 24, 2017 Reply

      Hey Sarah! Yay for Meg and the #gritup. Thanks for stopping by and sharing! Blessings.

  • 3
    Laura Menefee on October 23, 2017 Reply

    Thank you Andy for such a sweet reminder.

    Laura ~

    • 4
      Andy on October 23, 2017 Reply

      You are welcome my friend! Live in and by His grace. He loves you.

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