Abounding in God’s Grace

Jan 31, 2024

“From His abundance, we have all received one gracious blessing after another” (John 1:16).

Ruth arrived in Bethlehem with her mother-in-law, Naomi, as a stranger in a new land. Both women were widowed, yet circumstances led Ruth to Boaz, a wealthy landowner, and kinsman to Naomi’s family. Boaz compassionately called Ruth, “daughter.” His kindness to her compelled Ruth to fall at his feet in overwhelming gratitude (Ruth 2:10). Boaz saw Ruth’s kindness and love for God and for Naomi, prompting his generosity toward her. Instead of sending her away, he provided for her and married Ruth, giving her a new life.

Similarly, God was gracious to Sarah (Genesis 21:1-2), to Leah (Genesis 29:32-34), and to Rachel (Genesis 30:22). He generously met each of their specific needs. God extends this same favor and grace to US today. Instead of sending us away or leaving us to ourselves, He takes us under His wing and provides for us. He redeems and restores us to new life through our belief and acceptance of His Son, Jesus. God is our loving and compassionate Father!

Guiding Points:

Call to Action: God’s grace is sufficient for us! Read these scriptures and pray how we, like Boaz, can be the hands and feet of Jesus to help others on His behalf.

“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” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

“And He gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

“In His kindness, God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So, after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation” (1 Peter 5:10).

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion” (Isaiah 30:18).

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your gift of grace! We humble ourselves before You and receive the blessings You have for us. Help us always be grateful, telling others of Your goodness to us. In Your precious name, we pray, Amen!

Final Thought: God is gracious because He IS grace!

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