August / September 2019 - Vol. 105

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Godís Grace Abounds.

by Tom Caballes

"For from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace."
  John 1:16 12:9 ESV

Have you ever thought how your life would have been if God did not touch your life and called you from darkness and into His marvellous light? I have. I was a very self-centred, selfish, proud, greedy, and ambitious person. I was willing to do anything to get what I want. I could have been a drug addict or even a dealer. I could easily have been a thief or a con artist. I would have probably been divorced or separated, and possibly have children from other women. I could have been in prison. My life could have been a huge complicated mess - I just know my capacity to do evil too well. But Godís grace touched my life and changed my hell-bound direction to draw near to Him. How about you Ė what could your life have been like without God? We are what we are due to Godís lavish grace - His grace abounds in all of us. Thanks be to God for His lavish love and grace to you and me! They are totally and freely given Ė unearned, unworthy of, and undeserving of Godís love and grace. 

So How Do We Appreciate the Grace that God Provides to All of Us?    

  1. Live a life filled with gratitude to God. Each day as you awake, thank God for another day. Thank God for the big and small things Ė your food, health, family, relationships, etc. - you have due to His goodness. Each night before you sleep, thank God for the blessings of the day. Thank God for the challenges you face every day, too. Out of those challenges we grow in our faith and draw closer to God. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 ESV)
  2. Live life in humility Ė your gifts and talents, your riches, your abilities,  and so on Ė everything you are and you have comes from God. You cannot be proud for the things God has gifted you with Ė you did not earn your gifts. You are what you are is part of the grace of God. You could have been another person easily, yet you are who you are and you have what you have. Sincerely thank God and be humble for what you are and have. 
  3. We are all sinners in the process of being redeemed. We are not yet perfect. Although we will struggle against sin for the rest of our lives, we are being transformed from glory to glory by and in Godís grace Ė see 2 Corinthians 3:18. Be patient with yourself as you struggle to grow in holiness and be thankful for the gift of repentance and forgiveness.  Focus on God, and not on your failings. Avail of that grace that is available to you in repenting and in growing in Christ-likeness.
  4. Be an agent of Godís grace to all people you meet. As much as you have received Godís grace, be also a giver or dispenser of Godís grace. Show in the way you treat others that God lives in you. Be patient and forgiving with others as God is patient and forgiving with them. God wants to use you to be a messenger Ė an ambassador - to those who do not know Him.  See 2 Corinthians 5:20.
  5. Desire to live a grace-filled life. Bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life so that others can see God in you. Grow in being loving, gentle, patient, kind, peaceful, and so on. Grow to be more Christ-like daily. 
  6. Desire to share Godís grace with others. Share your story of Godís grace to the people around you who do not know God. Desire to pass on Godís life that is flowing in you through His grace.
  7. At the end of our lives, we can look back and see how God has been lavish with His grace. But that is not all Ė His grace also paves the way for us to have eternal life with God. What a wonderful destiny we have in Christ
Other Scripture passages:
  1. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV)
  2. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14 ESV)
  3. Other Bible verses:  Ephesians 2:1-10; James 4:6; 1 Corinthians 15:10; and Hebrews 4:16. 
For personal reflection or group sharing
  • How thankful are you for the grace given to you by God?
  • What were the moments in your life where you saw God being gracious to you?
Tom Caballes is the National Senior Administrator and a National Coordinator of the Lamb of God, a community of the Sword of the Spirit with 7 branches located throughout New Zealand. Tom also leads Kairos New Zealand, an outreach program for high school, university, and post-university aged people. 

Tom and his wife Mhel and their two daughters live in Wellington, New Zealand.


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