O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
~ Psalm 63:1
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-11
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.
~ Titus 2:11-14
I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!
~ Galatians 2:21
But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
~ Ephesians 2:4-10
I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
~ Acts 20:24
God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.
~ Hebrews 6:10
Today’s Paintings: Unknown Artist, “Jonah Sheltered By The Vine”; Paolo Veronese’s “Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane”, 1584; Carlo Maratta’s “Christ on the Road to Calvary”; Alonso Cano’s “The Crucifixion”, 1635-65; Jozef Janssens’ “Mary and John at the Foot of the Cross”; François-Joseph Navez’s “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas”, 1823; and Abraham Bloemaert’s “The Liberation of St. Peter”, 1625.