Grace River

Written by Eric Sahlberg. Image by Kees Streefkerk.

Written by Eric Sahlberg. Image by Kees Streefkerk.

Grace or gracious is mentioned in 171 verses in the ESV Bible. The word first shows up in Genesis with Joseph in Egypt seeing his brother after many years apart, “And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me? God be gracious to you, my son!”” (Genesis 43:29 ESV). Grace later appears in Esther where the king finds grace and favor for Esther (Esther 2:17). Its last appearance is the very last verse of the Bible, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” (Revelation 22:21 ESV). God's grace is like a river flowing through the entire Bible. Between those two points is an enormous river of grace ready to be poured on you. Here's a small glimpse of the river of grace.

“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,” (Exodus 34:6 ESV)

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24–26 ESV)

“But the LORD was gracious to them and had compassion on them, and he turned toward them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, nor has he cast them from his presence until now.” (2 Kings 13:23 ESV)

“They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.” (Nehemiah 9:17 ESV)

“Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.” (Psalms 86:6 ESV)

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalms 103:8 ESV)

“O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.” (Isaiah 33:2 ESV)

““And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10 ESV)

“In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” (Luke 10:21 ESV)

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 ESV)

“And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16–17 ESV)

“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33 ESV)

“But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” (Romans 11:6 ESV)

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” (Philippians 4:23 ESV)

“The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.” (2 Timothy 4:22 ESV)

“But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9 ESV)

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”” (James 4:6 ESV)

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13 ESV)

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10 ESV)

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18 ESV)

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.” (2 John 1:3 ESV)

“John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,” (Revelation 1:4 ESV)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:21 ESV)

 

GOD'S GRACE FOR YOU

Have you ever experienced grace? Grace is a favorable attitude toward someone or something. It is a gift. It is not something that you earn or work towards. Grace is freely, unconditionally given to you. It is to show kindness to someone, with the implication of graciousness on the part of the one showing such kindness.

What aspect of God's grace do you need to overflow on you? Pray and receive His amazing grace.

 

Eric Sahlberg