Roman 12: 13, Galatians 5:22-23a NIV 2011
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Both of Paul’s letter to the churches in Rome and in Galatia offered caution regarding their attitude toward others. Paul let the Romans know they had a Christian responsibility to help those in need. The church was to offer aid to the faithful believers as well. His letter to the Galatians echoed the same sentiment toward the church enumerating the results of caring for others. This produced the fruit of the Spirit. Upon salvation and striving to be more Christ like, the life of believers change. The same grace that saves believers mirrors God’s grace believers must reflect. Christians need to follow Christ’s example of graciously giving grace to others.
Christmas is upon us. God calls us to focus on Christ, our grace model which reveals we are never done. This morning as I drove, a woman on the radio reminded me: sometimes we need to step off the path we are on, pause and look back at all that we have accomplished with Christ walking beside us. Taking the next step is easier knowing all I’ve already accomplished. I’m bolstered by everything we’ve done before together. Following His perfect example of loving others guides me to give grace more abundantly.
Why does God daily desire we give abundant grace?
Looking to Jesus Christ,