Posts Tagged ‘grace’

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Ephesians 1:2

October 19, 2011

            What a great way to start a letter, or a conversation, or a prayer for another person:  “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  We have a heavenly father; one who has called us, who wants to fellowship with us, who has adopted us into His family.  We have a Lord, a Savior, an intercessor who sits at the right hand of God the Father and is constantly aware of us and pleading our cause.  He understands us and loves us regardless of our failings.

             The grace brought us to Him, and it has resulted in the peace that passes understanding.  That unmerited favor bestowed upon us at the cost of Jesus’ very life and suffering has produced peace for us.

             Oh, we must remember that great gift, the wonder of it, that the One through whom the universe was created set aside everything, became mortal, so that we could live today in peace if we so choose, and then to live eternally with Him filled with His love.

            Oh yes, grace and peace, the precious gifts that the world cannot know outside of God, are ours.  Don’t take them for granted, but remember the wonder of it and walk in it today.

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Outdo One and Another in Showing Honor

July 1, 2011

Romans 12:10 continues the thought of loving one another with brotherly love;  Paul asks us to outdo one another in showing honor.  To honor means to respect greatly, regard highly or esteem.  Wow.

I don’t think I do that well.  I believe I love everyone in our church with brotherly love, but honor?  Hmmm.  I need to think about and work on this.   Respect, I was taught, is earned.  But here, I am being taught it is to be given with grace.  I have never heard a teaching on this and it looks like a great place for one.

I am at a loss for words.  I really have to think about this and change the way I look at others in my church family.   Not only should I highly regard my brothers and sisters, but I should try and outdo everyone in doing so.  This will take practice. 

Sometimes love is easier than respect for me.  I think I’ll have to continue this tomorrow after I meditate on the Word today.