Grace Upon Grace

Jan 13, 2015 by

Grace Upon Grace

“May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
“For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
“We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.” (2Cor.1:2-7 NLT)                  

Grace Upon Grace

(To better understand this article, refer to http://outrageousgrace.org/knife/

After the kidnapping I preferred not to go alone to public places, seems I made some church folks uncomfortable, so I had a couple of new friends who went along with me. (As Bishop Clarice Fluitt says, “Every revelation brings a revolution and a new set of friends.“)

One of these friends, Saundra (not her real name), was the mother of some of my kid’s friends and lived across the street. Saundra did not attend our church (or any church), and we had hardly spoken before, but I reached out to her and asked her to be my bodyguard.

As we were preparing for shopping one morning, she came over to have a cup of coffee, while I finished getting ready. Saundra walked to the door of the bathroom to tell me something, and suddenly she fell on her knees, sobbing! “Now, what did I do?” I was thinking.

Saundra said, “You don’t really know me, or you wouldn’t be hanging out with me. I’m not even married to the man I’m living with, and I’ve never been married,” she continued. “When I was 14, my mother kicked me out of the house, and I lived on the streets as a prostitute until I was 18. Since then, I’ve lived with many men, and my kids don’t even know their fathers.

“What am I doing in a pastor’s home, standing at the bathroom door, watching you get dressed? I’m such a hypocrite!” she continued.

A few weeks before, I might have felt disgusted, thinking she had “taken me in.” But, now I knew it was a “set up” from the Father. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us”(2Cor.1:4).

I loved on her, told her that I truly understood and prayed with her. Right there on my bathroom floor, Saundra gave her heart and life to Jesus! She and her children were baptized in our church, and we were privileged to see God do a might work in their lives and home.

It is so true, and one of the paradoxes of the Christian life, “For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you” (v.5,6). Because of the comfort and grace extended to me, in a time of trouble, I was given the same grace to extend comfort and His great love and forgiveness to a friend!

Thank you, Jesus for your comfort! We cannot go beyond the reach of Your Great Love!

*** Dear reader, today, forgive yourself! He already has! “From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (Jn.1:16,17) ~ Shelia Hart Artt

1 Comment

  1. Paul T. Ayoola

    God bless you for the great works you’re doing for His kingdom. Kindly add me to your mailing list please.

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