The grace of God

October 19, 2015 by  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

Peter speaks of receiving grace for a happy married life:
“You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way,
as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman;
and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life,
so that your prayers may not be hindered.” (1 Pet.3:7).

God wants Christian married couples to live together in peace and harmony.
Their home must be an island of peace in a strife-torn world.
And for this, abundant grace is required.

Peter then goes on to speak of spiritual gifts:
“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Pet.4:10).

Service of others

Every spiritual gift is to be used only to SERVE others,
as a means of dispensing the true grace of God to them.

The grace of God is many-sided.
Therefore, God has chosen people from different backgrounds
and with different personalities and temperaments
and placed them all together in Christ’s Body so that each of them
can display some unique aspect of God’s grace through his/her life and ministry.

“You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders;
and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,
for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Pet.5:5).

Here Peter speaks about the importance of learning submission
to spiritual authority in our younger days itself.

If a young man is saved by the age of 20,
it is usually God’s purpose that he should have
an effective ministry by the time he is 35 years old .

Serving Christ
” But for this to be fulfilled,
that man should learn
the all-important lessons of brokenness
and humility by the time he is 35 “.

And those lessons can be learnt only as he submits to spiritual authority.
Only thus can he receive grace to exercise spiritual authority later in his home and in the church.

Young people who do not submit to spiritual authority invariably end up
losing the ministry God had in mind for them.
This does not mean that we don’t have to humble ourselves once we are older!!

Subjection to elders must be learn t when we are young.
But following Jesus along the way of humility is something
that we have to keep on doing until our dying day.
That is the only way to keep on receiving grace until the very end of our lives.

God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.
If we are proud, then even if all our doctrines are right,
we shall end up like the Pharisees,
deceived and blind concerning spiritual realities.

Then we shall not be able to recognize the true prophets of God in our day,
any more than the Pharisees could recognize Jesus,
the True Prophet of the Lord in their day.

All sin has its origin in PRIDE and SELFISHNESS.
In the same way, all the virtues of Christ have
their origin in HUMILITY and SELFLESSNESS.

” The more we humble ourselves,
the more we will receive grace from God “.
Then we shall live in victory and
manifest Christ’s character more and more in our lives.

– fwd: vc mathews

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