When we experience trials and tribulations, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes we struggle with guilt and anger because we feel like God has abandoned us when things get tough. But this is not true. God is always there for us! In this blog post, learn why god's grace is sufficient and how his grace will prevail in your life, no matter what you are going through.
What is Grace?
The word “grace” comes from the Greek word Charis meaning favor, kindness, or goodwill given without any expectation of return.
Common Christian teaching is that grace is unmerited mercy or favor that God lavishes on us. It is not a sense of divine forgiveness for our sins. Rather, it is the gift God gives to all people who believe in him and accept Jesus Christ as Savior.
It's the unmerited favor that God bestows upon his followers through faith in Jesus Christ. Grace means "unearned" or "undeserved," so grace comes from something we don't deserve.
The Bible tells Christians they are recipients of God’s unearned love because he has chosen them before time began.
State of Grace
The state of grace is a situation when a person lives without mortal sin. It is a state of being outside the sphere of sin. The Catholic Church teaches that everyone possesses this blessed condition with baptism. It has been given by God as an effect of Christ's incarnation and death on the Cross. But, it can be lost through personal mortal sins (i.e., sins involving grave matter) committed after baptism or confession.
Why do we need God's grace?
We are all born with a sinful nature, this means that we have been born in sin and are bound by the chains of our sins. We need God's grace because it is what frees us from these chains so that we can walk freely again.
Also in our daily life, we need the grace of God. Even if we are not aware that this is happening, God's grace will be there to help us and give us guidance when we need it most.
God's grace is sufficient - what does it mean?
The Bible says that "God's grace is sufficient." (II Corinthians 12:16). In other words, His love and mercy will be enough for us. But what is sufficient grace? How can I grow closer to him through his graciousness?
"My grace is sufficient for you. For my power is perfected in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9). This means you can be glad to boast about your weaknesses so that Christ's power can work through you.
God will provide for your needs and you can trust him with everything that is happening to us. He promises never to leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:20). God's love is so abundant it reaches far beyond what human beings are capable of understanding. The Bible says "His thoughts toward me are tender mercies." (Psalm 31:19).
Therefore his grace is sufficient. Because his love is so great.
Jesus also said, "...and my Father will give you another Comforter...the Holy Spirit." (John 14:26-27). The Holy Spirit is God's love and as long as we have the Holy Spirit in us, it is impossible to be separated from God.
I think the most important thing to do is to understand this sufficient grace and not to rely on its own strength. Then everything else we need will come as a result. Christ's power and god's strength are made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
It sounds like a cliche, but it's true. We are given what we need when we need it, not always what we want or deserve.
How can you receive God's Grace?
First, you need to accept God's existence. Second, you must acknowledge that sin separates a soul from God and the holy creator. Third, repent for your sins and ask Jesus Christ to enter into your life as Lord and Savior. Finally, believe in Him alone. Trust God and live your life for Christ's sake and you will be rewarded with eternal life after death.
You can accept grace by repenting and believing in Jesus Christ. Additionally, you can get God's grace as well by forgiving others and acknowledging your own mistakes. Obtaining God's divine grace is achieved by understanding it.
Next, allow yourself to change and grow in the process! Accepting daily graces is essential for a transformative life experience. Let them flow through your system by practicing positive actions every day - not just once but constantly! Spend more time with God in prayer and Bible study.
When we release our need to control everything around us. Accept what you cannot do or know. And spend time with Jesus instead of blindly struggling on our journey alone. Letting Him take over from there - then what will be left? True inner peace comes only when god's power and Christ lives within each one of us. As he has promised!
How can you give grace to others?
There are a few things that you can change in your life to show grace to other people. First, learn how to ask for forgiveness when you have done wrong. Next time someone tells you "thank you" or says they like something about you, try saying back their thanks with an extra bit added on such as: "No problem - I'm glad it makes me happy too."
Get into the habit of saying something kind and gentle. By paying attention, and saying something kind or gentle every day. Even if it's just "good morning" as someone walks through the door.
Look for opportunities, like making somebody happy and smile. Look for needs and opportunities, like making someone a cup of coffee or giving them your seat on the bus.
Be there - sometimes all we need from people is their presence, not advice. Forgive - another easy way that helps both parties is accepting apologies graciously. Think what was said wasn't too bad in the first place (think "sorry" instead of "you're an idiot").
Watch how you speak because words have power. If I say things about somebody behind their back then my harmful thoughts become real. If I say good things then these thoughts are a gift.
Practice gratitude and Thankfulness.
Means of Grace
The sacraments are one of the principal means by which God helps us here on earth. They alone give sufficient grace. The Eucharist, prayers, and good deeds are the principal means of grace. They help to connect a person with their spiritual side in an effort to receive grace from god.
Another way God helps us here on earth is through the means of faith. Faith is a gift given by God that allows people from all walks of life to have hope and be confident in their lives after death. When someone dies they are rewarded with eternal peace for being faithful during this earthly existence. For example, if you were raised Catholic then it will be easier for you to find solace. Because your church has ceremonies and prayers dedicated specifically to those who’ve lost loved ones or children called “death rites”. These rites provide different ways of coping with loss. People can also gain confidence knowing there's an afterlife and heaven waiting for them when they die.
Grace is a gift from God. The Bible says that god's grace is sufficient for us. Grace is the divine assistance that God gives us to live according to his will, not ours. It's something that we need, but it's also something we can give to others. We have many ways of receiving and giving grace. One way is through prayer or reading the Bible. Another way of showing someone else grace might be by forgiving them for an offense they committed against you. God's power is made perfect in our weakness, so don't let your struggles get you down. That grace is sufficient - it is all we need.
We hope this article has helped you to better understand God's grace and how it can help you in your daily lives. Today is maybe the day that you make a commitment to accept Christ as your savior! Good bless you.