3 Tests For Grace
- A Husband and wife no longer able to talk, it’s painful to even be in the same house together!
They’re considering Divorce! Seems to be the only solution!
- A Young person, addicted to alcohol or drugs or both. Time in the treatment facility, beneficial for a while but found themselves using again. All seems so hopeless! Contemplating suicide!
- A Spouse, during a difficult, enduring financial period, while having a coffee with a friend of the opposite sex, words and desires are carried to far! This spouse and the friend never intended the betrayal.
This spouse needs their spouse to “Forgive” them.
This spouse, knowing they don’t deserve it… should they be forgiven?
Is there sufficient provision (or Grace) to cause the offended spouse to be able to forgive!
Each of these ‘real life’ scenarios put forth one question:
Where lies the power, the provision to overcome
the death, the barrenness, the destruction taking place,
and bring healing to these lives?
Strengthened And Made Fruitful
“By Grace, Through Faith”
Before I get to far into this,
Do you know anyone in one of the scenarios above? Maybe you are!
But it matters not!
we are about to see “The Love and Grace of God”, released into a couples life.
His strength made perfect in their weakness! He is about to bring “life out of death”
and “healing where there was hopelessness”
Let’s go! …
In Romans chapter 4 the Apostle Paul is discussing how Abraham and Sarah were asked by God to put all their confidence(their faith in Him)concerning a promised son!
Look at Romans 4:16 with me,
(16) Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends[entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants–
God is saying to them, the wonderful changes, the fruitfulness that I’m going to bring about in your lives, the son and your descendants, will all be by ‘My grace through your faith!’ [I’m asking you to rest in my love for and commitment to you!]
By the way, would you agree that this is perfect for the 3 test cases above?
That this “Love of God”, this “Grace” is exactly what they need for healing and restoration!
Let’s look at verse 19,
Rom 4:19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. [Gen. 17:17; 18:11.]
Do you see how similar the conditions are between the people above and Abraham and Sarah in our text? Do you see their weaknesses, their inability to change a thing without the intervention(the faithfulness) of a promise keeping God?
Let’s look now at 20 and 21 together,
Rom 4:20-21 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, (21) Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.
This is where I bring my thoughts to a close,
Here lies the provision to overcome the death, the barrenness, the destruction taking place, in all our lives!
My dear reader…as J.F Strombeck puts it in his classic book,
Disciplined By Grace,
Grace is the unmerited, abounding provision of the unrestrained operation of God’s infinite love through Jesus Christ on behalf of man, especially he (or they) who depends upon Him.