“For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]” (John 1.16 AMP) (emphasis added).
Grace is something we mention frequently, but I wonder if we truly grasp the profound meaning of this word. Charis is the original Greek word for grace, and the definition of this term includes the following from Blueletter.org:
“That which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech…good will, loving-kindness, favour.”
We live in a broken world. We can make the best of our situations in this life, but Jesus has provided us through the Cross a power outside of this world that is not affected by our external circumstances. This grace is like an umbilical cord from the Father in heaven to us on earth. It is a lifeline of God’s holy goodness that we can believe and receive through faith in the promises found in His Word.
God says He will give us grace upon grace, blessing upon blessing, favor upon favor and gift upon gift—not according to our limited human wants. Rather, this grace is based on a heavenly agenda that sets the stage for God’s best in our lives.
Grace is God’s fullness poured intravenously through the Vine of Christ into our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15.5 NLT).
The goodness of Christ flows when we are rooted in Him. Allow Christ to be God’s conduit in your life and receive freely from His grace. Let God know that you need Him each day to live according to His will, and ask Him to show you His spiritual blessings all around you.
“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble’” (James 4.6 NLT).