Grace is a marvelous term. We talk at InFaith of putting on the “sweater of grace”—thinking of others more highly than yourself; going the second mile; being gracious, warm, and welcoming to people. God has the title the “God of All Grace.” Everything that we can put in the word “grace”—every action, every activity that forms grace—is found in God alone. This is what it says in 1 Peter 5:10, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ...” This gracious God calls us to eternal life, to live with Him forever, to enjoy Him, to worship Him, to experience Him, and to be engulfed with His presence.
1 Peter 5:10 then continues by saying, “…after you have suffered for a little while…” The Christian life is not easy. It has hassles and hardness attached to it. We suffer knowing that at the end of our suffering, comes something amazing. “…And after you have suffered for a little while, he himself [God himself] will restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” I love that! God will take everything that has been robbed by sin in the world, everything that has been robbed by the evil one, and restore us and make us strong, firm, and steadfast. Why? Because those are the characteristics of God. He's strong and firm and steadfast.
Peter puts this in one sentence, “To him be the power forever and ever.” God has the power to do these things because He in Himself is gracious and He will restore. I think about the things that have been robbed in my life, the things that have been difficult and hard, the things that maybe I even feel have been stolen from me. There are land and territories that we've taken as Christians that now are falling back to the evil one. When I see all those things, I thank God there will be a day when I will be restored. The God of all grace loves you. The God of all grace wants to dispense His grace on you; to put on the sweater of grace that makes you gracious to everyone you come in contact with. You are a dispenser of His grace.