Lesson Eighteen • Devotion • Devotion #2: Grace, Grace, God’s Grace

As I read through 2 Corinthians chapter 12 in preparation for writing this devotion, an old hymn began to run through my mind. It is a song that tells of God’s grace. God’s love for us is matchless and His grace is greater than all our sin.  

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that is greater than all our sin.

The measure of God’s grace is unfathomable. While we were sinners and completely unlovable, Christ not only loved us, He left Heaven and came to this fallen Earth and died on a cross for us. God loves every one of us enough to pursue us, just as He did the Apostle Paul. Paul had to be struck blind before he saw the grace of God. 

Paul’s life as an apostle was hard, he was beaten, and imprisoned multiple times for spreading the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Yet, in 2 Corinthians 12:5, he boasted of his weakness. It was a weakness that led to total dependence on the strength of the Lord.

In 2 Corinthians 12:7b-10 (NLT), we read, “So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.  Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

So many things in life can make us feel weak. Illness, sadness, loss, anger, pain, depression, or even lack of sleep, can all cause us to have feelings of weakness. We do not know what the “thorn” was that Paul refers to here in Scripture, but we do read that it caused him to feel weakness and he asked the Lord to take it away.  

Scripture records Paul’s words in Philippians 4:13“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” We can confidently believe that Paul found his strength in God as we read his story throughout the New Testament. Once a teacher of the law and persecutor of Christians, Paul’s life took a dramatic change after he met the Lord on the road to Damascus. Scholars say that Paul traveled over 10,000 miles on his missionary journeys as he labored to tell as many people as he could of the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

The incredible thing about our great God is, as much grace as He pours out, He never has any less grace to give. Like Paul, we are made stronger in Christ. God’s grace will always be sufficient for whatever weakness we may encounter in this life. His grace is still freely bestowed on all who believe.  

“So let us come boldly 

to the throne of our gracious God. 

There we will receive his mercy,

and we will find grace 

to help us when we need it most.” 

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)

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