“…it is good for the heart to be established and ennobled and strengthened by means of grace (God’s favor and spiritual blessing).” (Hebrews 13: 9, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
Confidence, strength, dignity, and fortitude are certainly qualities we would desire to have and to express. We can attempt to gain these through human will or by the trials of circumstances and experience. This kind of human strengthening may get us through, but there is a more thorough, more lasting, and truly genuine way to feel stronger and nobler.
It is a heart touched by grace. God’s “favor and spiritual blessing” comes to us not because we have tried to be great or intelligent or in control, but because divine Love simply desires for us to know Him. If we open our hearts, we can receive this grace at any time. This acceptance of grace not only makes us feel stronger and supported by a higher power, it also purifies our ideals and ennobles us; it brings out our true dignity and integrity.
Grace is God’s Love in action. It is a holy influence that is powerful and yet natural, gentle, comforting. God’s grace is always at hand, ready to reach you and show you your freedom, safety, peace.
Open your heart without qualification or judgment or argument. Let God’s grace enter in with its tender power. Grace is the activity of unconditional Love. Gratefully, gracefully, receive.
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