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Servant Leader,

Today’s Lesson: Grateful Grace Part 2

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” Philippians 4:23

“Paul understood the tremendous value of grace personally. In the original language, grace was related to favor, like a pardon or a free gift. This ‘favor’ was usually undeserved and therefore something for which we could never stop being thankful. Grace captures the message of the Cross, the unmerited salvation of Jesus Christ. It is based not on what we want God to do. It is based on what He has already done.

So when Paul opened a letter or signed off, he was reminding his readers that the richest word for us as Christians is ‘grace’ – the fullest source of joy. Yet one of Paul’s more pointed indictments against us was a failure to value grace:

‘For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.’ Romans 1:21-22

Paul understood that when people don’t value grace and don’t become grateful, they are led down the wrong road until their hearts are darkened. It’s the right road to the wrong end! God warns us through the apostle Paul how very important it is to be grateful.” (Wayne Cordeiro, The Seven Rules of Success)

As you continue to fast and pray, ask yourself some important questions… “Am I grateful for God’s grace, favor and blessing? In what specific ways have I been thinking, speaking and living a grateful, grace-filled life? Who is it in my life that God wants me to show grace to?”

Focus on the grace God has shown you in Christ Jesus and let His Spirit of gratitude grow in and through your life today!

Focussing,

tom

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