we rejoice in hope of the glory of God

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2 (ESV)

How great a thing it is to “stand” in God’s “grace”!

To receive the gift he so freely gives. The gift of “faith”. The gift of forgiveness. The gift of life.

It’s “not a result of works so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:9)

Rather, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31)

We cannot claim any merit of our own.

How then should we respond?

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)

Because His promise of glory shines as a beacon in the darkness. Leading us on despite our struggles. Giving us hope to carry on even though things get tough.

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

Kim+

prayer : thank God for His unending “grace”

action : rejoice

you were washed

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)

It’s easy to read this passage and point the finger at “wrongdoers” (another translation for the “unrighteous”).

Yet, as Paul so clearly points out at the end, some of the listeners were once exactly like those he describes.

In fact, the only thing that “makes” them righteous is the blood-of-Christ as it washes them clean.

Better that we should spend a lot less time condemning the practices of others and more time “repenting” of our own sins (Luke 1:3).

We don’t condone sinful behaviour. But neither are we to “judge” it. That’s God’s responsibility (Matthew 7:1ff).

What we should be doing is “loving our neighbour” in genuine and practical ways (Luke 10:36).

For like Jesus, we should “desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13 – quoting Hosea 6:6).

Kim+

prayer : forgive my unrepentant heart: my pride, my greed, my lust

action : share the grace of God through merciful actions

He gave gifts to men

‘But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”‘ Ephesians 4:7-8 (ESV)

God in His infinite wisdom and abundant generosity has bestowed gifts upon His children.

He has done this by “grace”.

As with so much God has given us we do not deserve it.

And in gratitude for what He has done we should use our gifts wisely: to bring glory to God; to further His kingdom.

Knowing what our gifts are involves insight.

But using them well involves wisdom.

Kim+

prayer : that I will use my gifts to glorify God

action : discuss with my pastor how I can best use my gifts through ministry

greetings

“To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1 Timothy 1:2 (ESV)

I love how Paul addresses his letters. Such warmth and sincerity.

I don’t see anyone else doing it quite like this nowadays.

Emails and text messages are so short and abrupt.

But how wonderful to see Paul taking the time to ponder over how to start a letter to someone he truly cares for. A letter to someone he loves.

And here Paul does it by sharing not only his own feelings but three gifts in particular that come directly from God: namely grace, mercy, and peace.

There’s plenty to say about all three but I’ll leave that for another day.

For now, I just want to greet anyone reading this blog and especially this post.

Kim+

prayer : thank God for His generous gifts of grace, mercy, and peace

action : commit to reading the Bible every day