‘So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.’ Acts 14.3
If there is one concept that shines out from this verse, it is that of grace – the undeserved, active kindness of God. It is through this grace that Paul and Barnabas had such a powerful message to proclaim - that what God had for his people could not be earned but was given out of his love for them. We are told that it was the grace of God that enabled great works of healing to flow, and all that God has for us flows from his undeserved, active kindness.
If you are on your own journey of healing or seeking his touch in some other way, it is always worth holding before you this vision of grace. If you lose sight of it, then you are likely to follow a more legalistic path and start assuming that if you do ‘x’ or ‘y’ then God will bless you, and if he doesn’t it must be because there is something else that you have to do.
Grace can sound a bit weak, but in reality it is wild, uncontrollable and at times confusing. The more you can keep this vision of grace before you, then the more you will be open to standing in the flow of the river of God’s grace in your life.
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