And now I commend you to God [placing you in His protective, loving care] and [I commend you] to the word of His grace [the counsel and promises of His unmerited favor]. His grace is able to build you up and to give you the [rightful] inheritance among all those who are sanctified [that is, among those who are set apart for God’s purpose—all believers].
There is much in this scripture about Grace, I used the Amplified version above to detail how much power is in these passage. Here, Paul is giving a leadership exhortation as he is departing, entrusting the church ( his leaders) to God AND God’s message of grace which has the power to 1) build us up and 2) give us an inheritance with those who are sanctified ( those who have accepted Jesus into their lives) .
God’s grace via his Word builds, strengthens, corrects, establishes and makes us firm in Him as we navigate our lives. His grace also makes us heirs to the blessings, riches, salvation that comes with being Gods children. As we come to Christ, yield to His precepts, he makes us worthy and equips us to continue to be carriers of this grace to others.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.
It is God’s grace alone that saves us. Earlier in this passage, we are told that it is His great love for us, even when we were dead in sin, that He made us alive in Christ. It is His gift to us. We can’t earn it, we just have to receive this grace BY FAITH. In this passage, Paul also recognizes man’s natural tendency to brag about our performance and he shut it down.
God’s abundant grace and gift of salvation are free to all who have faith in Christ and receive it! Ephesians 2:10 then says ““For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God then empowers us to do the work which in turn glorifies Him.
2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” The Grace of Giving: This passage references a special grace in giving that the Macedonian churches had, especially since they were not rich. Because they had a burning heart to give to support the work of the ministry, they gave, even when they didn’t have much, and God was able to make it more than enough.
Paul was encouraging the Corinthian church, who was so great in everything else, to excel in the grace of giving. You see, they started off very excited to give, full of intention, and then dropped off, even though they had abundance. This special grace of giving, shows that you when you honor the work, your giving comes from your heart and is not based on duty or because you have resources to spare. When we give toward something we really care about, we enjoy our own things better.
This grace of giving makes everything sufficient, everything enough. If we are willing to give, God makes it enough. Indeed our little becomes much in His hands. Jesus is our example, He gave his life for us all and we all gained eternal life. This is why it is more blessed to give than to receive. Our little truly becomes much in God’s very capable hands.
1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) (And) The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.
This verse mentions the grace of God twice (in the beginning and end) and yet, most people cringe when they see the word suffer. We don’t like that word, even when bracketed by Grace. But we shouldn’t worry at all because, God first tells us who He is —“God of ALL Grace” and His desire for us “ called you to eternal glory in Christ”. Then he mentions that after we have suffered a little, He will restore us, making us stronger, firmer and more steadfast.
What a promise when we are experiencing challenges! Grace is before us and after! God leverages our suffering to make us better, stronger, more steadfast ( unwavering). In winter, things look barren, withered and dead, but under the soil, roots are growing deeper and stronger. Likewise, through suffering, God’s grace strengthens us so we are unmoved by attacks, storms and other challenges that would try to shake us from our foundation. Truly all things are working together for our good!
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Today’s verse is a clarion call for us to come boldly, confidently to God’s throne of grace to get the help, mercy and find grace when you need it! The preceding verse talks of God’s great compassion for us, that He knows our weaknesses and beckons us to come to Him. The point is that we don’t have to be fearful or timid when we approach God ( like Dorothy and crew in the Wizard of Oz), but confident that He will be just and merciful. There is also no question that once we come, we will get the mercy and find the grace we need to help us in any circumstance.
The throne of Grace also reminds us of God’s sovereignty and majesty from which His grace flows. The ability to extend grace to others is a noble leadership quality that we should emulate. Lord, help us to grow in our knowledge and trust in you that we we can confidently come to you for everything and expect that Your loving kindness, mercy and grace are available to to help us always. #Grace #Mercy #Boldness #Confidence #21DaysofGrace
James 4:6 (NLT) “And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
The scriptures always talk about God’s grace in abundance. He generously and lavishly pours out his grace to us. But it is conditional! This verses refers to another scripture Prov3:34. that emphasises that God resists pride & scorn but gives grace to the humble. So humility, a humble heart, unlocks God’s grace in our lives.
Humility acknowledges the sovereignty of God, which helps restrain man’s propensity for self importance and pride. We can truly submit ourselves to one another and serve each other. 1 Peter 5:5 admonishes us to “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another” and again quotes “God opposes the proud” This is very important to God. Pride is the strength of sin and can completely block the grace God desires to pour into our lives.
Lord help us to stay humble before you and others so that we are worthy of the grace you desire to pour into our lives. Help us to realize our dependency on You and open our eyes to anything else in our hearts that would block/ hinder that grace. #Grace #Humility #Humble #pride #21daysofgrace
Psalm 145:8 (MSG) God is all mercy and grace– not quick to anger, is rich in love.
Grace is the very nature of God – He is ALL mercy and grace. As we walk in Grace, we truly allow God’s character to permeate/ override ours. We become more long suffering and slow to anger- overlooking offense. That is how God operates. He is gracious and compassionate – rich in unfailing love and mercy. Lord, help us to be more like you.
There is great power in not being shaken or moved to anger by circumstance and to continue to be gracious and merciful in difficult times. We need Gods grace to do it. #Grace #21DaysofGrace #compassion #mercy
2 Peter 1:2 NLT “May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
This scripture reminds us that God gives “more and more” grace as our knowledge of Him grows. He is such a generous God and knows what we can handle at each stage in our lives. As we grow ( mature) in our knowledge of Jesus, our capacity expands and He gives us more abundant grace. My Pastor calls this the economy of grace: as we grow in God, we receive grace and when we use/deploy the grace to advance the kingdom and God gives us more grace.
Further in 2 Peter 3:18, it exhorts us to Grow in grace AND the knowledge of God. We know God through His word so Set your hearts today to learn of Him and you will find that the grace & favor of God will follow “more & more”.
Titus 3:7 (NLT) “Because of His grace He made us right in His sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
God’s grace ( unmerited favor) justifies us, making us righteous so that we, as His heirs, have full confidence of inheriting eternal life with Christ. In our individualistic performance based culture, we try to earn God’s grace by doing good deeds or the “6 steps”of this or that, when His grace cannot be earned…it is a free gift from God when we place our lives in His unfailing hands.
He cleans us up, generously pours out His Spirit, (Titus 3:5-6) puts us on the right path and makes us good/worthy. That is why he always says “Come to me, I will give you rest.” #Grace #21DaysofGrace
Ephesians 4:7 “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
God is so faithful that He gives us the grace we need to accomplish the purpose and plans He has for our lives. This entire chapter in Ephesians talks about the unity in Christ and also the different gifts He gives to each of us for the edification of all! Since He has already given us this grace- Receive It!
It was uniquely designed for you. Yesterday’s scripture tells us there is a superabundant supply of that grace found in Christ. May God bless you richly today! #Grace #21DaysofGrace