A graceful soul, oh yes, that’s what I want! Full of grace and favor and joy. I have been one but I have also grieved and Nehemiah 8:10, says not to, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. We can grieve Jesus and the Holy Spirit, because the Father wants us to have good gifts, the fruit of the Spirit includes joy, and it is related to all the others. Grace and peace were brought in through Jesus, John 1:17 who gives us joy.
We are blessed as believers, favored souls, whether we know it or not, full of spiritual blessings and spiritual knowledge, if we just allow the Holy Spirit to open up the possibilities to us. His joy, like His peace is much different to the world’s ideas because it is spiritual. It takes the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and to help us hold on to our joy. It takes Him to teach us about grace and favor, something we didn’t deserve. we are saved by grace and not works. Ephesians 2:8
Happiness is fleeting and comes and goes but His joy is to remain in us, and it is dependent on us remaining in faith and being in His Word. Otherwise, we are at the whims of life and circumstances and we are bombarded with the cares of the world and all the devices that will inevitably come, and we will be unhappy, bitter, depressed and oppression. We are blessed with righteousness through His sacrifice, making us heirs, and favoring us with His daily grace. The seeds that are sown in us are falling into good ground, holy ground tilled by the furrows on the Savior’s back. We can let them bloom all around us.
Grace gives us the ability to laugh, to stand in the face of adversity and enter His rest, know full well He has a plan and a purpose and make a way if we get out of His. The Lord has a sense of humor and He loves us, He knows joy is important to a healthy soul, mind, will and emotions. He knows that laughter and joy are keys to healing. Grace and peace as well, grace is extended grace upon grace, and His peace is paramount, not let our hearts trouble us or be afraid. John 14:27
Believers should always be above their circumstances, and never under them. I know that is not always the case, yet His grace is sufficient. I have seen depression and oppression and grief gnaw at the souls of believers, even their very hearts. And I have seen His grace and mercy extended to some of the very undeserving as well as the beloved.
From His fullness we receive grace upon grace. John 1:16, and we are to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus. 2 Peter 3:18. And Ephesians 4:7 says we were given a measure of grace through Christ. He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. 2 Timothy 2:19
He gives grace to those who humble themselves and resists the proud. Grace is not a license to sin but a freedom from it, it is a gift of God and is a gift of His Spirit. It sanctifies, cleanses and makes us righteous through His sacrifice and nothing we do, we can rest in grace, our work can become restful in His grace, He has work appointed for us and we are filled with daily grace and a calling. And God is able to make grace abound. 2 Corinthians 9:8, and that makes us a graceful soul. Rebecca Jones / pexels