Having something done for you when you are undeserving is grace. This is evident in so many ways in our lives and can be easily shared by us with others. The primary agent is the Holy Spirit. When we have His presence in our lives then the self-centered lusts of flesh and human nature are pushed aside and that which personifies grace (Galatians 5:16-26) comes to the forefront. For this to happen our spirit must connect with the Holy Spirit which happens when we read God’s Word and when we are in prayer (Romans 8:15-17).
Christian fellowship is also an agent of God’s grace (Malachi 3:16). When we gather with other Christians (as the Bible tells us where 2 or 3 are gathered) their is God’s presence. This growth in grace must then be shared with others as it so often is. This can be done (stirred up) by the laying on of hands (2 Timothy 1:6) or perhaps in a simple hug whether a person is in need or not. As believers we are not to neglect this as Paul shares in 1 Timothy 4:14 and in the doing we and others will grow in grace as our Lord and Savior would desire for us.
God’s purpose in all this is that we be assured of His many blessings and that life in the here and now is stable of purpose (Ephesians 4:11-16). This is necessary for at every turn lies the devil waiting (1 Thessalonians 3:5) to pull our spirit away from God and to a love of the world (1 John 2:15-17). A WORLD THAT DOES NOT KNOW GRACE.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: The means of grace is a measurement of our maturity as Christians.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Galatians 5:16 “walk in the spirit”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord fill me with grace.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- How can we show grace to others?
- How does our spirit connect with the Holy Spirit?
- Why are Bible studies, fellowship groups and worship services important?
- How can the simple act of giving a hug be a ministry?