The God of all Grace

I Peter 5:10-11.

But the God of all grace, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Something that seems hard for us to get our minds around is that our struggles here are only temporary. They will not continue forever.

I have a chronic, painful condition in my lower back. Sometimes it feels to me as if it’s ALWAYS been there, but that simply isn’t true. What I’m dealing with right now didn’t really set in until I was over 60, and didn’t become a daily companion until maybe six or seven years ago. In the span of my life, that’s a very small percentage of time–just about 10%. And that’s how I need to continue to see it. Keep it in perspective. This, too, shall pass.

Persecution can seem endless. For too many, it has been what takes their lives. But what we need to see is that God not only gives us grace during persecution, but after the trial is over He makes us perfect (mature),and stablishes (establish, make permanent), strengthens, and settles us. This is a wonderful promise, as it can pertain both to earthly life and, of course, to eternity in heaven with Him.

God is the One Who deserves all glory and power for all of eternity. He is the One Who strengthens us to endure whatever He allows in our lives.

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