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6 new ways to look at the meaning of ‘Glory’ —

By Becca Haines

Earlier this summer, CIY President Andy Hansen asked CIY’s staff to dive into God’s Holy Word and focus on the word “glory.”

How is it used? What does it mean?


It was an excellent practice because I was surprised at the diversity of the word and what it has come to mean to me. Here are six meanings that stuck out to me and how I now view and recognize God’s glory:


1. Power. The Bible repeats over and over the power and glory of God. It’s easy for His followers to become desensitized by this meaning. He is the same God who created Heaven and Earth and time itself. He can flood the earth as easily as He can flood a heart to follow Him.


2. Passion. The epitome and root of passion is found in God’s glory. It is a constant, unyielding drive that fulfills and sustains our spirit for the Lord. When we possess the glory of God, He fills us with passion and strength for unique Kingdom works.


3. Grace. We are not worthy of God’s glory, but He gives grace time and time again. It is in forgiveness we find salvation, because we’re all sinners. Every time I fall to sin, there is God’s glory, goodness and grace. When I count my blessings, God’s glorious grace is at the top of the list.


4. Wonder. There’s no way we could ever wrap our minds around the glory and mysterious wonder of the Lord. He knows all – weaving the destiny of the human race in His mighty hands with love. It’s not up to us to know why or how. It’s up to us to trust the glory of God. He enchants me with His works because of the beauty and wonder of it all.


5. Praise. When we give God “all the glory,” this means we credit good works to Him, we worship Him and give Him offerings. This is a complete showcase of dedication and commitment to God in the way we live. I want to live in praise – which is always a grateful outlook – and glorify His name.


6. Love. God’s glory shines brightest among His people through acts of love. It conquers hate. It heals. It sustains. It renews. It is only through God’s love that we find peace and hope. God’s love is what we build our foundation on, and it’s enough to strengthen us through our darkest days.


In all the new ways I look at the meaning of God’s glory, the greatest one to me is love.


“The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.”
– Psalms 145:8 (NLT)


Becca.jpgBecca Haines is a communications coordinator for Christ In Youth.