One of my favorite Bible verses, and one that has helped me during my dark days is 1 Corinthians 12:9, which states, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me”(ESV). Grace was and is given through the love of Jesus. Grace is there to help us and strengthen us in days where we feel hopeless and helpless. Grace is free we just need to have faith and believe in God.
The above verse has spoken to me immensely throughout my life. As I have mentioned before, I struggle with depression and anxiety. This leads me to have some very dark days where I feel hopeless and helpless. A lot of these feelings manifest from my past and what has happened in my life and the mistakes that I have made. Some of the mistakes that I continuously make on a day to day bases. These mistakes fill me with a lot of guilt and shame – both of which make me want to run and hide.
These are a few of the reasons why this verse is so important to me. I have to keep close to me at all times, I even have it written on a notecard in my car so I can see it every time I drive. This verse helps remind me of a few very important things. It reminds me of God’s grace and how important it is. It also reminds me that there is a reason for my weaknesses and mistakes. It reminds me that God has a plan and He will use what we have done and what we have gone through in order to show the rest of the world of His love and His grace.
The last couple months I have been going through another one of my dark times. I have made more mistakes. I frequently feel an overwhelming weight on my shoulders. I struggle with too many thoughts and I often wonder what the point is to life. But during my darkest days and during my darkest thoughts God is always there even when we do not believe He is or feel His presence.
He is always there to remind me of His love and His grace. He reminds me that He is bigger then the biggest mistake. He forgives and has forgiven. He loves us unconditionally no matter what. Christine Caine, one of my favorite motivational speakers and authors stated that, “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted”. In our darkest times, in our most stressful times, during our biggest mistakes God is planting us so that we can grow into something far greater then we can even imagine. We just have to be patient and trust in Him.
To everyone reading this, just remember that no matter what you are feeling, no matter what you are going through, no matter what you have done in your past or present God’s grace is there waiting for you. His grace is sufficient for you. Have faith and accept the grace that is freely given to us through Jesus’ love. We love you all and are praying for you!
“Therefore since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More then that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”.
Romans 5:1-5 (ESV)