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Day Ten: God Made His Grace Abound Towards Us!

Day Ten: God Made His Grace Abound Towards Us!

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His Grace is More Than Amazing

Which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence.
Ephesians 1:8

The Bible is filled with countless passages that reveal the depth of God’s love and grace toward us who believe and are His children.  You can look at Ephesians 2:4-5 – “for by grace you have been saved,” or 2 Corinthians 12:9 – “My grace is sufficient for you,” for just a few.  However, one verse that stands out as particularly powerful and insightful is Ephesians 1:8, which speaks about the riches of God’s grace, “which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence.”  Did you catch the three key phrases about His grace: “abound toward us,” “in all wisdom,” and (implied) “in all prudence.”  So, let’s see what these words mean and how we can apply them to our lives to grow our faith.

Understanding the Context

To fully grasp the significance of this verse, it’s essential to understand its context.  The apostle Paul wrote the Book of Ephesians while he was imprisoned in Rome, yet his letter is filled with joy, gratitude, and a deep sense of God’s love in spite of what Paul was personally experiencing at that time.  It appears Paul was seeing beyond his bonds to what he had already received in Christ when He penned this letter.

In the first few verses of chapter one, Paul reminds the Ephesian believers of the incredible blessings they have already received through Christ, namely, being chosen and predestined to adoption as Sons (1:5) and being given “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (1:3).  But He’s not done yet.  Then, God makes us (His action) “accepted” or “highly favored” in His Son, whom He calls “the Beloved” (1:6).  And finally, we have received redemption and the forgiveness of our sins all based on the riches of His grace which He lavished on us (1:7).  That’s a pretty powerful beginning, don’t you think?

But it gets even better.

The Meaning of God’s Abounding Grace

The word “abound” in Ephesians 1:8, is a translation of the Greek word perisseúō which means “to exceed a fixed number or measure, to overflow, or to be abundantly furnished or have more than enough.”  In other words, God’s grace isn’t just sufficient for our needs; it’s overflowing and abundant and more than we could ever ask, want, or imagine.  It’s complete in itself.  His grace is not a trickle of kindness or divine favor miserly doled out like copper coins from Ebenezer Scrooge, but a never-ending flood of goodness we could never earn or deserve.  Experiencing His grace is like trying to drink from a fire hose— it’s too much to take in and way too much to understand.

And this passage reveals exactly what God has done for us.  In fact, He made it happen.  Read it for yourself:

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made (His action) to abound (to overflow, to be more than enough) toward us (you) in all (pás) wisdom and prudence – Ephesians 1:7-8.

And this is where it gets exciting.  You see, understanding this truth brings great comfort because it means no matter how much we’ve messed up or fallen short (which for most of us is probably plenty), God’s grace is more than enough to cover our sins and failures.  In fact, He is in the business of forgiving and forgetting and helping us start over (Isa. 43:25).  We don’t have to live in fear of not measuring up or being good enough to meet some impossible standard— because God’s love for us is based on His grace, and not our performance.  And I am so glad for that.  Aren’t you?

Wisdom and Prudence: Gifts from God

But God’s grace doesn’t just provide forgiveness and love; it also comes with the dual blessings of wisdom and prudence (a word that we don’t use much today).  The Greek word for wisdom in this verse is sophía, which refers to the “knowledge or skill of how to regulate one’s relationship with God.”  It’s not just intellectual knowledge or something we learn in a classroom or online, but a deep understanding of who God is and what He desires for our lives.

Prudence, on the other hand, comes from the word phrónēsis, which means “practical wisdom or good sense.”  It speaks of the ability to take the wisdom we’ve received from God and apply it to our everyday lives.  When we have prudence, we make decisions based on what is right and proper rather than what is easy or popular.  Think of it this way: sophía is the what in our relationship with God and prudence (phrónēsis) is the how— or how to apply the what to our lives.  I know, “clear as mud,” right?

Together, wisdom and prudence equip us to navigate life’s challenges in a way that honors God and brings Him glory.  They also help us avoid the inevitable pitfalls and traps that so often cause us to stumble and fall flat on our faces spiritually, instead of living in a way that reflects the character of Christ and reveals His grace to others.  And it all comes in one package— God’s grace, which He makes to abound in us with the twin blessings of His wisdom and prudence thrown in for good measure.  Not too shabby.

Living in the Light of God’s Grace

Ultimately, when we choose to live in the light of God’s grace, it changes everything about our lives.  It gives us a new perspective on who we are and what we were created for.  It fills us with hope and purpose, even in the darkest of times.  And we no longer have to strive for perfection to somehow earn God’s love or live in constant fear of failure.  Instead, we can rest in knowing we are fully loved and accepted by God, no matter what— come what may.

This realization frees us to extend that same grace and love to others, even when they don’t deserve it (and we don’t feel like being graceful).  We can forgive those who have hurt us, show kindness to those who are unkind, and love those who are difficult to love because we ourselves have been shown incredible kindness and love by God— even when we didn’t deserve it.  God, after all, gave us His grace as an unearned and undeserved gift.

When we embrace the power of God’s grace and allow Him to transform our lives through it, we find the courage to step out in faith and live the life God has called us to live.  We no longer have to be held back by our fears, doubts, or insecurities, because we know God’s love for us is unshakable and His grace is sufficient for every need.

So Let’s Pray

As you pray, use Ephesians 1:8 as a powerful reminder of the incredible grace God has lavished upon you through Christ.  This grace transforms you from the inside out, giving you the wisdom, prudence, and love you need to keep your head up and a smile on your face no matter what life throws at you today.

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or unsure of the future (which most are today), cling to the truth of God’s abounding grace freely given to you.  Let it fill you with hope, peace, and purpose, and always trust that He who began a “good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6).  And may you be equipped and empowered to extend that same grace and love to all those you encounter along the way.

And we will talk more later.

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