Daily Archives: May 8, 2019

May 8 – Embracing Grace

This month we are seeking a deeper understanding of grace — the undeserved favor given to us by God. We are following a study by Kristy at the Organic Christian Living blog. Click HERE to go to her website for this study and dig a little deeper, with a playlist and devotions for each week of the study. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Embracing Grace toward the Undeserving —

James 1:21-25

21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Titus 3:1-8

Saved in Order to Do Good

3:1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

SOAP Note

Grace | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Titus 3:4-5

Observation

My bible notes that God extends His mercy ; and once you accept that mercy, He completes the work of redemption. You are not saved by your own works of righteousness; rather, Christ provides His work of righteousness; and thus Paul speaks clearly, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy. Salvation, which comes through God’s merciful grace, not works that come from our own imperfect and feeble efforts, makes the doing of the good works possible. Good works are not possible without a right relationship to God, and a right relationship to God will produce good works as it’s fruit.

Application

Good works is not something we have to do, it’s something we want to do when we are in a right relationship with God. I get to see and do many good works at my work every day. I love bringing my kids to work with me, they get to witness good deeds in action.

Prayer

Dear Father, thank You for Your grace and Your love for us. Thank You that there is good in this world, people who want to do good because they love You. Amen.

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