Reading for Tuesday, Dec 25: 2 Timothy 2
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus…” (v1)
In our broken world, we often assume grace to be a posture of weakness. The one who forgives easily is derided as naive, a fool, easily duped by those who are more streetwise. But the gospel of Jesus inverts this notion. We find here a strength — first of all, granted to us by the One who is capable of forgiving us for our many transgressions. It is by His grace that we are empowered to truly live, to seek to embody goodness in the world through the liberating power of His mercy. But also, we become conduits of this same merciful power in the world, releasing others of the burden of their wrongdoing toward us. In so doing, we deploy the resources of heaven to bring life to those enslaved by reciprocal thinking. We find our strength in our identity as a forgiven people and in turn we “pay it forward” by passing on this same blessing to others.
Like Timothy, we need these reminders, that we are at our strongest when we are forgiven and forgiving. May this Word bear much fruit in our lives.
Great post! The way the world views things is so different from the way the Lord views them. What the world sees as weakness, the Lord sees as strength. Forgiveness takes a lot of strength because it means letting go of hurts and anger and allowing God to step in and heal. Where the world sees independence as a great thing, God sees dependence upon Him as a great thing.
Thanks for stopping by, Shelly. I couldn’t agree with you more. Forgiveness requires such inner reserves of strength. It’s much more difficult than it sounds. But I also believe it’s the best way to truly live. Hope you’ll stop by again!