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Devotional - week of October 27, 2002


THE GOD OF ALL GRACE

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.  1 Peter 5:10

The God of all grace called us to and gave us the faith to receive salvation through Jesus—without our deserving either.

…the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus …

The God of all grace sends unwanted suffering to turn us to Him as our resource for life. He then responds by equipping us for life.

… after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you …

Through suffering, the God of all grace “perfects” us. The word translated “perfect” is used to describe the mending of nets and the setting of bones. Through our suffering and resultant dependence on the God of all grace, we become usable to God and to man.

Through suffering, the God of all grace establishes us. The word means to make strong. As our bodies become strong through vigorous exercise, through suffering—and the resultant dependence on God, believers become strong emotionally, morally, and spiritually.

Through suffering, the God of all grace strengthens us. “Strengthens” is a companion word to “establish.”

Through suffering, the God of all grace settles us. He makes us like the house the wise man built on a rock. We are able to withstand the rains, the floods, and winds of life because of our suffering and resultant dependence on God,

The Apostle Paul testifies that his God-sent thorn in the flesh exposed his inner weakness and turned him to the grace of God.

Paul also commands believers to continue to receive grace by obeying the commands for experiencing crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

The God of all grace provides a double pathway to experiencing Him as our total resource for life.