Words from the Heart for Monday December 13th, 2021
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
John 1:16 (NIV)
Grace Marks was an Irish-Canadian maid who was involved in the 1843 murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Her conviction for the murder of Kinnear was controversial and sparked much debate about whether Marks was actually instrumental in the murder or merely an unwitting accessory. She was pardoned and moved to northern New York eventually disappearing from historical record. Marks was the subject of Margaret Atwood’s historical fiction novel Alias Grace and its adaptations in other media.
The entire Christian life is based on grace. That word has been described as God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. The God whose power is unlimited and never diminishes desires to pour His love and grace into our lives. The apostle John puts it this way in John 1:16: “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” I love the fullness of this promise. It begins with God’s fullness. Every blessing we have in life comes out of the fullness of God. This is the same God who spoke the world into being. That same power is available to all who love Him and who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. Out of His fullness, He pours His saving grace into us and we are brought from darkness into light. But John goes on to say that this just the beginning. Through Jesus Christ God gives us more grace – grace offered to us over and above the grace that saved us. This grace is sanctifying grace, empowering grace, forgiving grace, healing grace, providing grace – we could go on and on. Whatever grace you need today, ask the Lord Jesus to provide it for you.
These have been words from the heart.