Monday, April 23, 2018

Ephesians 3:14-17a NIV 2011

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

 

Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus is a summary of the gospel: Christ crucified. Kneeling in prayer, he modeled not only how to approach the Father but also what He was doing in their lives. He gave them power through prayer and His abundant love. In verse 15 he used the Greek word patria, family, which is derived from the Greek word pater, father. Going to the Father in prayer is the right response for God’s people. He encouraged them as he did the Corinthians. 2 Corinthians 4:16a, “Therefore we do not lose heart.” God’s grace granted through hearts given to Jesus.

 

A friend posted a meme today on Facebook. “God, I’m not perfect. Sometimes I forget to pray and sometimes I lose my temper. But, thank you for loving me anyway and giving me another day to start over again. Amen!” Not quite as eloquent as Paul, it still hits the mark. At salvation after accepting Christ’s sacrifice for sin, God gave me a gift. It’s all about my heart attitude of gratitude. Giving my heart to Jesus, God gave me grace.

 

Where do you experience God’s grace daily?

 

Grateful for grace,

S

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