His Grace in Hardship

In my working on an autobiographical article, I am reminded of how good God has been to me. Reliving my life events ranging from surviving near fatal car accidents to being forgiven for sinful mistakes, I have experienced much grace from God.

As John Newton put it in Amazing Grace: “Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come; tis grace hath brought me safe thus far; and grace will lead me home.”

Grace, as properly defined in Strong’s Concordance (#5485), is “the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life.” God’s divine influence continues to tender my heart toward Him. Through that tendering has come suffering, hardship and tears, yet His grace strongly abounds through earthly grief and pain.

As His grace abounds, some of my rough edges are gradually chiseled away in the process. His divine influence accomplishes much. His grace, especially through suffering, calls and compels me to heart purity. That grace-filled heart, probably never achieved without hardship, more closely resembles the Author and Perfecter of my faith.

Without some earthly pain, there can truly be no spiritual gain.


About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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