Summary: BE strong and GROW in GRACE. Just as Christ showed us Grace, we are to show others Grace. Also - Listing of more scriptures of BE...
10.12.2008 BE STRONG - GROW IN GRACE
by William Akehurst, HSWC
To BE or not to BE. That is the question.
Call to Worship
I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
LAST WEEK WE LOOKED AT WHAT IT WAS TO BE STRONG and TO BE.
But today I want to expound a bit.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
BE MULTIPLIED THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND JESUS
2 Peter 1:2
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
Grace, grace, God’s grace. Grace that will pardon and cleanse within.
GOD’s grace is unmerited favor GRACE means unearned favors received from God.
GRACE is the unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
If we are to be STRONG in the GRACE that is in Christ Jesus
Then does that mean that we can do whatever we want and just ask the LORD to forgive us? Not a chance.
1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
No, just as Christ’s showed his mercy and grace for us.
Even while on that cross, he prayed. Father forgive them, they know not what they do.
If we are to be strong in that grace
And we are to GROW in that same grace.
Then we must act in that same fashion to each other.
Growing in grace in the sense that we too, show grace to one another.
Forgiving and forbearing one another. Even when the person doesn’t come up and apologize.
Like water off a ducks back. Let the offence go. Do not hold a grudge. Show grace. Grow in grace.
We heard before the story of the eagle, flying. It was being annoyed by other smaller birds, and to get away, the eagle did not fight or charge or hold a grudge - it flew above the problem. It soared.
We too must soar above and learn from the FATHER above. He has shown us his mercy and grace. And if we are to live like Him, to be not only followers of Christ, but examples to others OF the love of Chirst.
I once heard it like this - We may be the only - Christ - that people know. We may be the only vision of what Christ was all about to someone who is looking on us. Not that we ARE Christ, but that we exemplify, magnify, glorify Jesus Christ.
So if we are to be strong in the grace of Christ
And we are to GROW in the grace of Christ
WE must BE and DO and GROW and LIVE in the Grace of Christ
WE must reflect what Christ did for us.
In this same manner, as Christ commanded us.
LOVE the LORD your GOD with all your heart, mind and strength
LOVE your neighbor as yourself.
IF we are to do this, in this fashion, then we will GROW by doing that which the LORD commanded us. We will show grace to one another.