May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14—verse 13 in some translations.)
Grace. When the management of a hotel gave us a great deal on a room to make up for a mistake they’d made, we reveled in the unexpected luxury. As we checked out, we expressed how much we’d appreciated it.
The clerk’s response: “You deserved it.” No, we didn’t deserve it!
I shudder when I see an ad that says “Eat / Buy / Do (you fill in the blank)! You deserve it!” What makes us think we “deserve” everything we think we ought to have? What we need to remember is that good things that the Lord Jesus gives us are undeserved, given just because he is good and delights to shower us with favor.
…of the Lord Jesus Christ. While many verses associate grace with “God,” or “God and Jesus,” the New Testament indicates that Jesus is the one through whom it comes to us (see John 1:17). Eight of Paul’s letters close with a benediction of “grace from the Lord Jesus,” and the final words of the whole Bible are “May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.” (NLT)
So what are the implications to me of living in grace?
I will be humble.
I will be thankful.
I will share. Freely I have received, freely I must give.