A lot of Christians would define grace as an unmerited gift, salvation, or the forgiveness of sins. These are all correct. Few believers, however, would identify grace as empowerment. Yet this is exactly how God has described His grace.
Let me show you 2 Corinthians 12:9:
“My grace is all you need, for my power works best in your weakness.” (TEV and NLT)
God refers to His grace as His empowerment! It’s the power at work in situations beyond our ability—including our attempts to be holy.
In 2 Peter 1:2–3, grace is again referred to as God’s power. This passage reveals another awesome truth. Every resource we need to live a holy life is available through the empowerment of grace!
How do we receive this power? By simply believing. Romans 5:2, along with many other New Testament passages, tells us we access God’s grace by faith.
So do you want to pursue holiness? Remember, it isn’t an end in itself. We embrace holiness so we can see and know God. If you want to grow in intimacy with Him, believe in the power of His grace. Ask Him to enable you to live in holiness and friendship with Him. You can be sure He will, for He is willing and able! Yes, keep in mind that God’s grace is a gift, it is salvation, it is forgiveness of our sins. But, hold onto and remember that God’s grace is God’s power that gives us the ability to do the things that we are not able to do in our own strength!
~ Thomas Joel Trevino
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