I believe in God’s grace. He had appeared and told us this : “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26).
When I see the indigent poor brothers impossibly live in peace and joy and with no lack, I know this is His amazing grace. I am overwhelmed and humbled.
When I see hardened criminals and hard-core drug offenders impossibly transform their lives for Christ, I know this is His amazing grace. I am overwhelmed and humbled.
When I see bereaved brothers impossibly help others with the pain and giving them hope in the coming glory, I know this is His amazing grace. I am overwhelmed and humbled.
When I see greatly persecuted brothers impossibly living in hope and eagerly awaiting the return of our Savior and Lord, I know this is His amazing grace. I am overwhelmed and humbled.
But when grace is reduced to wishing for all possessions, all convenience in life, all well-being in life and indulging only in receiving rather than in giving, it is surely not grace from the Great I AM but a lie from the prince of this world (John 12:30-31).
For that is the lie told to Jesus our Lord and us by the prince of this world :
“All the kingdoms of the world and their splendor I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” (Matt 4:8-10).
(1 John 2:15-16 NLT. 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.)