My Grace is Sufficient

"Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 5:20-21 ESV)

But He [God] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you. . ." (2 Cor. 12:9a NIV)

So how much grace is sufficient and how can we know we receive the promised grace that 'washes us white as snow'?

We should understand that the grace to cover your sin is not the same as the grace I need to cover my sin. God does not spray paint His grace.

I cannot compare your pain, nor your pain tolerance with mine. You may say that on a scale of 1-10 your pain level is 3. Were I to experience that same exact pain I might insist it is a 6.

Likewise your trespass and mine, even though we think them alike, are not alike because of the contriteness of our hearts, the sincerity of our sorrow, the understanding of the grief we have caused our Lord, and other considerations.

I cannot know the level or amount of grace, how big a helping of grace is required to cover your trespass, but I can promise you it is not the same as mine, or your child's, or your husband's or wife's. It is not equal to or the same as that needed by anyone you know or anyone you might encounter.

Jeremiah wrote of God's grace in his book, Lamentations. He labeled that grace as 'compassions', and said, "They are new every morning".

Read with me chapter three of that book. Jeremiah is in despair. Though one could assign his woeful laments to all of Zion, or even appropriate them personally, we find in this chapter the outpouring of the author's own sorrows. No person, save Jesus, was treated with more contempt than Jeremiah in all the Bible.

And yet, like a match struck in the dark, there sandwiched by so many travails Jeremiah proclaims the soul saving grace of God:  "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,  for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning great is your faithfulness." (Lam. 3:22-23 NIV)

Again I tell you, God does not spray paint His grace. Just as He has counted the hairs on your head (Matt. 10:30), just as He has ordained the number of your days before you were born (Ps. 139:16), and just as He has devised a plan for your life (Jer. 29:11), so too has He conceived and formulated the level of grace you need for today.

That is not the same grace you needed yesterday, nor the same you will need tomorrow or next week. It is the grace you need for today, for right now. If tomorrow your trespass is greater than today's, then His grace is greater still than today's.

The English versions of many verses in the Bible loses much in translation, and such is the case as we dissect Romans 5:20.  "…where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…" Several translations use the same English word for 'increased' and 'abounded', i.e.., 'where sin increased, grace increased', or 'where sin abounded, grace abounded'.

It is important to note that in the original Greek the two terms used different words altogether. I think it important that we see and understand the difference. The Greek word in the first instance is "pleonazō" (Plain-Jane increased or abounded), whereas in the second instance the Greek word is "huperperisseuō" meaning super-increased or super abounded, and the difference in meaning is as great as natural and super-natural!

Mankind may "pleonazō" his sin, where, as only He can, God provides "huperperisseuō" grace.

And – "They are new every morning"! Great is His faithfulness!!

Comments

  1. MaryAnn Henry says:

    Thank you Michael for your continuing work to bring God's mighty word to so many. Judy and the entire Warnock family will continue to be in Richard and my prayers.
    In His Grip,
    MaryAnn
     

  2. Dear Mike,
    Thanks so so much for the mail. It is truly inspiring. May the LORD grnat you all need to continuously inspire, encourage, teach and rebuke those who desire to follow HIM. Thanks again.

  3. Pam Walsh says:

    So glad to receive this devotion today!  Just what I needed this morning.  Praying all is well with you and Judy.    And like the rest of the posts, I too, have missed your devotional.  Have a blessed day!!

  4. Milke,
    So very very good to see you back. Missed you for sure.
    How wonderful and insightful to share your thoughts on grace.
    Thank you for the head and heart preparation that goes into the Weekly Witness.

  5. Dear Judy:
    You are not hearing me but the Lord knows exactly what you are going through; not without the family. Know that you are on the frontline of the battle and the devil wants to brush you aside to make your husband weaker. IN the mighty name of Jesus, Lord I pray as you brought me back after suffering a stroke, please bring Judy back – in full strength – besides her husband to continue the good work. God bless you.
     
    Nathan Reeves

  6. Missed your e-mails. Thought you forgot about me.  Thanks Michael for reminding us that His grace is always sufficient for us!

  7. So happy to see the Weekly Witness in my mailbox!  Continually praying for you both and may we all remember that God's grace is sufficient 

  8. So glad to start receiving the Witness again.  You have been missed.  Your picture from the beach is great.

  9. Nancy Smith says:

    Thank you for this!   I've missed your emails, and this one is so "on target"!   God Bless You!!!!

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