Our study of the epistle to the Galatians has revived the reality of the grace of God in my heart, and I trust in yours as well. Grace is not only unmerited favor, but it is also Divine resources to do whatever the Lord calls us to do. You and I are called upon to be distributors of “the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10,11).
Because of the perfect sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have found grace in the eyes of God (Ephesians 1:6). Grace, when understood in our hearts, is a powerful inspiration in serving the Lord. It frees us from trying to impress the Lord or others. It frees us to simply be who we are as new creatures in Christ. We are told that it is a good thing that our hearts be established in grace (Hebrews 13:9).
This grace in which we are to be established is the very basis of our salvation (Acts 15:11) and forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7). This grace of course flows from Jesus Himself, who is “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14,17). This grace is not just some lofty ideology. It is the strength of the Lord Jesus Christ which is made perfect when we are at our weakest moments (2 Corinthians 12:9,10).
Precious family, may we grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18) in both words (Ephesians 4:29) and deeds (Ephesians 2:8-10).