In January, we read through Paul’s letter to the Colossians, and this month we are reading Paul’s letter addressed to a specific believer in the Colossian church — Philemon– written at about the same time. Paul’s intent with this letter was to restore a broken relationship through the transforming power of the love of Christ. 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!
25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Just Grace | Becky Newman
The simplest definition of grace is a special favor. Sprinkle in God and it is undeserved divine help for this world. In the Old Testament, the God context of grace is only used twice, and one of these prophecies Jesus in Zechariah 12. In the New Testament, Jesus never spoke the word grace, but it was used by the authors to describe our relationship with Him over 100 times. John 1:17 summarizes it: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth come through Jesus Christ.” In the Old Testament, they couldn’t talk about something they didn’t know. Jesus introduced us to what grace is through his actions. It’s not something we can work for or earn; it is a gift with no strings attached, and by His grace we are saved. Paul concludes his letter to Philemon by reminding him that he is not alone; he has received grace from God in his salvation. And here I was going to write that he should give grace as he has received it, just like the Bible tells us we should love and forgive, BUT only God can give grace. In every instance grace is mentioned in the New Testament, it is a gift received from God, never a gift given by man or received from man. Paul’s conclusion for Philemon has no strings attached, no guilt, no condemnation, just grace.
I’m thankful we’ll be diving into grace more in our Lenten study (starting March 6), because today I’m feeling like I’m just scratching the surface. You want us to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior (2 Peter 3:18), and I am making the commitment to do just that.
Thank You for leading me to a word study today and enlightening me through it, especially on how grace can only be received from You. Lord, help me to grow in grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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