The Apostle Paul wrote 13 of the 27 books in the New Testament. He is known as the preacher of grace. His teaching on grace is most prominent in the book of Romans but it permeates all of his writings.
Paul was a former persecutor of the church. He describes himself as “the worst of all sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).” We catch a brutal glimpse of it in Acts 7:54-8:3. Paul stands guard and “approves” of the execution of Stephen and then continues on and “ravages” the Christian church. He has no remorse, regret, or bad feelings toward harming innocent people. Why would God use such an evil wicked man to preach the doctrine of Grace?!
“So that Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life… to the glory of God (1 Timothy 1:16-17).”
If we are brutally honest with ourselves, we too will see a deep need for grace. No matter how hard we try we may, lose our temper with our children or with those who are hard to love, we may think hateful thoughts toward others, or we allow ourselves to be drawn toward those things that are contrary to the holiness of God. That’s why God gave us Jesus, who is full of grace and truth (John 1:14). It pleases God, to draw you to the grace of Jesus (Galatians 1:16). Because of him, all things are redeemable and restoration is offered to all!
Maybe you need Jesus’ “perfect patience” today? Give your cares, troubles, and sin to him today. That’s what he died for. We should be moved with overwhelming emotion that he would offer to us forgiveness of sins and that he would invite us to the Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16). When we give our sin and cares to him, he gives us his riches and mercy and love.
- G – God’s
- R – Riches
- A – At
- C – Christ’s
- E – Expense
The best way to grow in God’s Grace is to:
1. Gather for worship regularly. Worship is about God, not the people, type of music, or any other preference we may have.
2. Grow in a group. God has given us the body of Christ to learn from one another and to encourage one another on in the faith. Growth happens in a group.
3. Go into the world and share the hope of Christ with a co-worker, neighbor, or someone who has not tasted and seen that the Lord is Good! Your faith will grow when you see how God will use your story to reach the lost.
My prayer for you today is that “you will not get tired of doing what is good….but that as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:9-10).”
I am convinced that as we grow in God’s grace with each other, that the best is yet to come!