“Grace, that’s what we say before we eat.” My youngest son said when we started talking about this virtue today over waffles and eggs.
Yes, it is a short prayer recited before or after a meal to invoke a blessing upon the food or give thanks for it. BUT…that’s not what we are talking about here.
We are talking about the free and unmerited favor of God shown towards man…
It doesn’t surprise me that we are talking about grace the day after salvation.
We are saved. by. grace.
To comprehend and wrap our arms around this extremely valuable, priceless gift that we do. not. deserve. we must be intentional in learning more about God’s character.
Personally, I did not understand the significance of grace and what it meant for me in my life and through me …until a couple of years ago. I lived the majority of my life carrying around loads of shame, guilt, and condemnation. Salvation and Grace offer us FREEDOM — growing in grace allows us to receive that freedom and extend grace to others.
What does it mean to G R O W in grace? I believe it is…
- learning more of what God wants through His Word.
- being able to do more of what God wants.
- living more of the love of God.
As we grow in grace and knowledge the evidence will be an increase of faith, knowledge of God, and the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
How does God help us G R O W in grace? I believe there are many ways, through…
- our life experiences, trials
- His Word and devotionals
- connecting with others
- service and worship
We are just beginning this journey through these virtues and I can already see, there is just as much in this for ME as there is for me praying for my children.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
Father, may I continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, along with my children. Amen.
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