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The Manifold Grace of God

December 17, 2016

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The Manifold Grace of God

The Apostle Peter  was very concerned  about how Christians should live  in these last days  —  because times will be tough  in various ways.     He wanted us  to be sensible and serious  in living according  to God’s word,  so that our prayers  would be acceptable  in God’s sight.     He also wanted us  to be very devoted  in our love  for one another,  because “love covers  a multitude of sins”   (1 Peter 4:8)  —  our own sins  and the sins  of others.

Then,  Peter reminded us  in 1 Peter 4:10,

As each one  has received  a special gift,  employ it  in serving one another  as good stewards  of the manifold grace  of God.

Everybody has different special gifts  from God  —  and because our gifts are all so different,  God wants us  to use the gifts  He has given us  to serve others.     The one with musical gifts  serves those  who need music  in their lives.     The mechanic serves those  who need help  in that area.     The housewife and mother  serves her family  and community.     And the list goes on  without end.     Even the disabled serve  with their gifts  of love  and cheerful faithfulness  in the midst  of their disability.

Peter wants everyone  to serve others  with their particular gifts  —  “so that  in all things  God may be glorified  through Jesus Christ”.   (1 Peter 4:11)

That’s the whole point  of our lives  —  that  “God may be glorified  through Jesus Christ”.

God so loved us  that He had Jesus suffer  and die  to pay for our sins.     That should lead us  to use our gifts  to love others  just as God  has loved us.     Our Savior,  Jesus,  is our greatest gift  from God,  and we can even use  our gift  of Jesus  to share God’s love  with others.

As “good stewards”  of God’s grace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for all You give us.     Help us  to learn  to share it all.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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