Thursday, September 26, 2013

grace lives

The way we treat others speaks volumes about who we are and to what God has done in our lives.  To be impacted by the grace of God and giving others the grace of God we will understand that grace lives in our lives.  Grace was given to us by Jesus, and Jesus lives through our lives.

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world.  It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

His wonderful grace changed us, gave us eternal destiny as well as help to live differently.  Grace bears fruit in changed lives.  Ours and others changed!

Titus 3:7  NLT
Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.

It doesn’t seem right that our sin would be totally removed and that we are completely forgiven.  God declared us righteous.  By believing this truth we will have confidence that we didn’t have before.

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Grace demonstrates itself in the way we love and serve others.  Forgiving others like God forgave us shows that we know how God loves and treats us.  Kindness is a result of living by grace.

Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him.  This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.

The way we treat others honors God and points those we deal with in His direction.  Honoring God is a big deal.  Jesus honored the Father by following what He said.  Jesus honored the Father by spending time with Him.  Jesus honored the Father by allowing the character of God to be seen in the way He dealt with all the people around Him.

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

May your life and mine be grace living to the people we come in contact with us.  Thank God for His love, forgiveness and grace in our lives.  I grasp that, hold it tight, live it out and God is honored!

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