Rich, velvety chocolate poured out of the fountain cascading over the sides. Its’ heavenly aroma hung in the air drawing people to the fountain. Blissful sighs and laughter were heard as people watched chocolate envelope the fruit they held. None of the fabulous delicacies on the tables could compare to the chocolate fountain.
There is nothing like a chocolate fountain.
Neither is there anything like God’s grace. God’s grace is beyond compare. But maybe a chocolate fountain will help us understand it better. That may seem like an odd combination, but give me a minute.
WHAT IS GRACE?
In Greek it’s defined as “divine influence of the heart, favor, gift.” 1
Has the sight and rich aroma of chocolate ever influenced your senses drawing you to a chocolate fountain?
God uses our senses as well.
When we see a life transformed after encountering God,
we are seeing God’s grace.
When we hear God’s Word’s and it gives us understanding,
we are hearing God’s grace.
God’s grace influences our hearts drawing us to His fountain.
For with You, is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Psalm 36:9
The richness of God’s grace is sweet flowing out of our loving Lord like rich, sweet chocolate flows out of a fountain.
That’s the idea of how the Lord pours His loving grace onto us.
He doesn’t pour out just a drip,
but an abundance.
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly,
along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 1:14 NIV
This scripture written by the apostle Paul shows anyone can receive God’s grace. Remember Paul was a violent man, blasphemer and persecutor, when he received God’s grace, (1 Timothy 1:13). What He did for Paul, He will do for each of us.
GOD’S GRACE IS RICH
Have you ever thought of the richness of His grace?
The God of this world loves us so much that He knows us intimately even seeing into our hearts. By the favor and influence of His grace, He draws us into a better life with Him. These are riches too great for us to ever earn or deserve. But in His love, He freely gives them to us all. All we need to receive them is a little faith.
That in the ages to come He might show
the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace, you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves;
it is the gift of God,
HIS GRACE IS ENOUGH!
Have you ever messed up? I know I have.
It’s through the Holy Spirit that the Lord’s grace influences us to understand what’s in our hearts drawing us to Him. If we recognize offenses, then what do we do? We ask His forgiveness. Then through the compassion of His mercy and riches of His grace, He forgives us.
In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us,
There may be consequences to our offenses, but grace is still there to draw us into His loving forgiveness.
HIS GRACE IS ENOUGH!
When you are having a bad day, wouldn’t a chocolate fountain perk you up? Eating chocolate is proven to elevate our moods. I must admit, it helps me.
Even better than chocolate, is the grace we receive from His fountain. I don’t deserve it, but when I go to His fountain, He pours out His grace elevating even the most depressed mood.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness,”
2 Corinthians 12:9a
HIS GRACE IS ENOUGH!
Whoever sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.
And God is able to make all grace overflow to you,
so that by always having enough of everything, you may overflow in every good work,
2 Corinthians 9:6,8 TLV
It doesn’t matter what our needs are. When we give, by His grace, He can give us favor so that we have all we need including enough to use for good work.
DO YOU NEED MORE GRACE?
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need,
God’s grace is incomparable. But next time you see a chocolate fountain, perhaps it will remind you of the sweet abundance of His grace.
Have you experienced God’s grace?
Heavenly Father as I write 1 Timothy 1:14 and say it aloud, increase my faith to believe and receive Your grace. In Jesus name, Amen.
BY FAITH RECEIVE HIS GRACE
May your day be filled with love and laughter!
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1 Strong’s Concordance #5485
Food/fountain photo, Mar Lopez
Dog photo, Rachyt73
Money photo, Markus Steidle