- Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
I have lived many years being motivated by guilt. I want to please God. I don't want to do the wrong thing. Recently, I've determined that thinking not to be such smart thinking. In order to please God, I need GRACE motivation.
Greg's class led me to think in the following way:
- The GRACE of God is unmerited favor that He has extended to me - the sinner; in modern day terms we might say, "He's cut me lots of slack!"
- The GRACE of God is what brings salvation! (Titus 2:11)
- The GRACE of God teaches me to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age... (Titus 2:12)
- The GRACE of God is used 123 times in the New Testament; it is coupled with the word PEACE for 36 of those times.
- The GRACE of God often begins and ends a New Testament book.
- Without GRACE there is no peace - just guilt; and, guilt steals joy!
- God reminds us about His GRACE in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "And He has said to me, 'My GRACE is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.'"
Today, I'm thinking that if I'm really SMART, I will meditate on verse 9 on my journey to becoming POOR IN SPIRIT.