Something I think and say to myself often is the phrase “His grace is sufficient.” Today I looked up what those words mean using thesaurus.com. I think the synonyms are powerful. When I’m struggling, when I make mistakes, when I jack something slam up, when I yell, when I want to quit. When I’m down and I need to remind myself of His love, I try my best to remember that He said “My grace is sufficient for you. . .”, and not only did He say but He meant it. He died for me. He was beaten for me. He was betrayed, hurt, and abused for me. When He says He loves me? He means it. When He says “grace”, He means it. He means compassion, generosity, goodness, kindness, love, tenderness, mercy, forgiveness. He means it. And He gives it sufficiently. It is enough. It is ample, comfortable and competent, plentiful and rich, pleasing and abundant, and it is qualified. It’s for us. His compassion and kindness is plentiful for us. His tenderness is abundant. His goodness is rich. His generosity is ample. His love is qualified. His forgiveness is enough. When we are being challenged with something, He is there with perfect love to pick us up and carry us through it. I don’t know about you but I’ve messed up a lot. I’ve felt buried under the pressures and pain of my choices and all the challenges life has thrown at me. I wish when I was in high school and the years after, I’d given myself the same grace He offers so freely. I wish that I’d accepted His tenderness, compassion, love, and His mercy and forgiveness rather than letting the guilt and hurts harden my heart and conscious. But I’m learning. I’m learning to accept it and give it in return. I’m learning to recognize the trial for what it is. I’m learning to appreciate it because it’s a battle He has allowed me to fight. He hasn’t left me alone in the fight. I’m learning to remember that His strength is made perfect in my weakness. My weakness helps me grow in Him and in all aspects of this life. When He says “my grace is sufficient for you. . .”? He really means it.
Check out the different translations of 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10:
King James Version: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
New International Version: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
New Living Translation: 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.
. . . Three times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.