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2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Filled with Grace

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2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Filled with Grace

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: Cereal bowl.

Today let’s talk about being strong. You and I, each one of us, are born to be strong, but we don’t always feel that way. We may become frightened of certain things or spend time feeling bad about past mistakes. We may worry that we cannot do something we would like to do, or need to do. This makes us feel weak.

Jesus teaches us that we can become strong because of our weaknesses. He said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (12:9).

That is a difficult lesson. How can we be strong at those times when we feel weak?

Let’s think about that question in this way. Could you think of yourself as being like this bowl? What would you most like to put in the bowl? We could fill it with Cheerios or ice cream or chocolate pudding and that would be wonderful. Now think of what you could be filled with that would help you live a strong, happy life.

Can you imagine being filled with God’s grace? Grace is a word that means we are given something we don’t deserve. It is another word for God’s love.

God understands our weaknesses and forgives us for the mistakes we have made. God’s love and grace gives us the power and strength to make good choices. The Bible teaches us that when we feel weak his grace is enough.

When you fill your bowl with cereal and milk each morning, think about filling yourself with God’s grace and love. What power!!

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan