A People of Grace

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:4)

It is hard to imagine why Paul was telling the Church at Corinth that he was thankful for them.

…the church in Corinth had serious “issues.”

Among them, a man was sleeping with his father’s wife (1 Corinthians 5:1). Fellow believers were suing each other (1 Corinthians 6:1). People were getting drunk off of the communion wine (1 Corinthians 11:21). And the list went on.

What did he see in those people that made him thankful?

Paul saw what only a follower of Jesus Christ could see; God’s grace at work in their lives.

Generally, the more time a person spends with another, the more obvious sin in their life becomes. This can either bring them closer together, or rend them further apart. Unfortunately, in many relationships it separates or even creates mistrust and a pride in one’s life as they judge the other person’s faults.

As we look for God’s grace in the lives of those around us, rather then their faults, we will begin to view them as a blessing in our lives instead of a curse. Seeing God’s abundant grace in others should be what separates the church from those outside of it.

We are sinners full of grace, instead of sinners full of pride.

Look for God’s grace in the lives of those around you today.

When I read this I knew it needed to be shared. What truth! Take a look around you today and extend God’s grace to those around you. I don’t know about you but I needed this reminder today! Who in your life have you seen as a curse instead of a blessing. Go beyond your flesh and find the good in those God has placed in your life. I’m certain you will find the good if your heart is open and honest. Look beyond there faults and extend grace. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits (Romans 12:16).

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is 1 Corinthians 1:4-5