In Others’ Words: Space

Romans 5:2 (The Message) is one of my favorite verses. It reminds me that God isn’t a miser when it comes to his grace — that I have spiritual “breathing space.”

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  1. April 12, 2013, 6:24 am   /  Reply

    Lovely and encouraging, Beth. May God let you stand strong upheld by His secure arm seeing wonderful new vistas today. Thanks for all you bring to us.

    • April 12, 2013, 10:20 am   /  Reply

      Thank you, Dee, for your constant encouragement.

  2. April 12, 2013, 8:12 am   /  Reply

    Oh I love, love, love that verse. The wide open spaces part…that always stands out to me in The Message version…he doesn’t lead us into a trapped life…there’s nothing boxed-in or confining about it, really…there’s nothing more freeing than living in His love…

    • April 12, 2013, 10:20 am   /  Reply

      That’s exactly why I treasure this verse so much, Melissa. For too long I was all about the Law — just tell me what to do and where to stand. All boxed in and confined. And then I began to understand and embrace grace more and more … Aaah — breathing space.

  3. April 12, 2013, 8:18 am   /  Reply

    Ohhh, I LOVE that translation! The wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory…..what a great thing to think on when the day is rough. Thanks for sharing my friend.

    • April 12, 2013, 10:19 am   /  Reply

      Agreed, Jeanne. Agreed.

  4. April 12, 2013, 8:21 am   /  Reply

    I love this version of Romans 5:2! I must get The Message out and start reading it again!

    • April 12, 2013, 10:18 am   /  Reply

      I’ve always said the New American Standard is my favorite version of the Bible, but I love how The Message expands my understanding of the Word.

  5. Bernadette DesChamps
    April 12, 2013, 9:44 am   /  Reply

    Love this!

    There are so many verses that have opened the door wider to His goodness and glory, but this is the one I thought of in response to “breathing space”… Psalm 18:19 – He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

    His grace and love are such a comfort.

    • April 12, 2013, 10:16 am   /  Reply

      What a beautiful companion verse for Romans 5:2!

  6. April 12, 2013, 9:48 am   /  Reply

    Romans is one of my favorite books of the Bible, it is so rich and life-giving. Thanks for reminding me of this passage today!

    • April 12, 2013, 10:16 am   /  Reply

      Thanks for joining the conversation today! And yes, Romans is rich with truth!

  7. April 12, 2013, 11:06 am   /  Reply

    I’ve come here and pondered all day. For me, it always comes down to “They that WAIT upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”.
    Given that there are days I can barely walk, and I can’t remember the last time I ran, this verse carries me home time and time again.

  8. April 13, 2013, 1:00 am   /  Reply

    “He will not let your foot slip” (Psalm 121:3) – the verse that got my family and me in and out of the Grand Canyon.

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