Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. Hebrews 13:9 NIV
Unique to the Christian faith is the doctrine of grace. You can’t say enough prayers, perform enough good deeds, form good spiritual habits, be too wicked, give enough money or attend enough teaching seminars to “earn God’s favor”. It is freely given to those who humbly receive it.
The writer of Hebrews says that is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace. According to this verse, the corollary is also true, religious “rule observances” will not strengthen our hearts. There is value in creating good spiritual habits of conduct. The execution and performance of these activities will not force God to like us more, nor gain points of favor for God to do what we ask. It is all grace in Christ alone.
The Greek word strength (bebaiousthai) in this passage carries the idea of strength gained from walking on a solid path or foundation. Hence, this path will establish a guaranteed strength or footing. It will be secure, established or guaranteed.
The greek word grace (charis) is directional meaning a “leaning toward with favor”. It is not a treasure sitting in a box waiting to be found. Rather, it is captured in the high priestly blessing where God’s face is looking toward us to bless us. It is God lifting up His smile and countenance toward us to “give” blessing and peace.
TODAY let you heart become strengthened by His grace. He loves you because of Jesus. When the Father looks with love upon the Son, all who are found in Him are loved and favored also.
You actions whether good or bad are not the standard God uses to show His favor and love toward you – It is His grace found in the forgiveness that Jesus purchased on the cross.
If you are pointing at your “sacrifices” that you made to negotiate with God, you will lose that argument. Our righteousness in His presence amounts to the value and smell of filthy rags. But His grace covers us with the sweet aroma of Jesus.
Grace, grace God’s grace. Grace that will pardon and cleanse within. Grace, Grace, God’s grace. Grace that is greater than all our sin…or attempts at good performance.
May God’s grace saturate your heart so that gratitude flows forth from your tongue all day long. Grace can and does strengthen a confused and broken heart.
Blessings Love y’all