The Gift of God's Grace - Extended through a Spirit of Generosity - Wednesday, November 29th
And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. Matthew 1:19
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's.” Matthew 16:21-23
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
In the supreme act of grace our heavenly Father gave us the gift of His Son. Although misdirected, Joseph was willing to extend grace to Mary. Joseph was trying to do something for Mary in order to spare her and Peter was trying to do something for Jesus in order to spare Him. Gracious dealings for others but both in opposition with the outworking of God’s bestowal of grace on mankind through the birth and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. The provision of God’s grace was completed and we have become partakers of that grace through faith in Christ and now we stand in that grace. As ones who stand in grace we have the privilege of extending grace to others. Christmas is all about giving. When we fail to extend grace to others, we are not living in the reality of the grace in which we stand. It is truly more blessed to give than to receive.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, this time of year seems to foster a spirit of generosity quite naturally. While I enjoy this and like entering into to it as well, I see that true spiritual generosity is so much more. Please permeate my heart and mind with a deep consciousness of your amazing grace in which I stand. May your grace be so alive in me that it easily bubbles up and overflows from my life to the people around me. Help me to be fully aligned with you so that I am totally in tune with the true redemptive needs of others. Amen!
Posted on Wed, November 29, 2017
by Alan Porter