Longview church of Christ
1401 Eden Dr. 
Longview, TX 75605-4104

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Message from Scripture: 7/10/2020

Today’s message from Scripture comes from 1 Cor. 15:10: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”

Where would we be without the grace of God? We all would be lost, without hope today and without eternal life beyond this existence. Peter speaks of God’s grace as manifold, or varied, diverse (1 Pet. 4:10). God’s grace is revealed and offered through Christ and His sacrifice for us. Only by our obedience to the gospel are we able to receive God’s grace and forgiveness. In this passage from 1 Peter, we are reminded of the various gifts, or talents and abilities, God has given us by His grace. 

Paul also speaks of God’s grace to Titus as that which reveals what God has done for us in Christ. It teaches us how God’s will applies to everyday living, in what we should abandon as sinful, and instead embrace what is godly (Titus 2:11-14). We come to realize just how much we need the grace of God each day, not only to cleanse our sins through the blood of Christ, but to live life abundantly, to its fullest, as God meant for it to be. 

It’s sad, then, when people mistakenly believe God’s grace gives them permission to sin. Jude speaks of those false teachers who “pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 4). Paul warned the congregations of Galatia, such causes one to fall from grace (Gal. 5:4). This is the saddest thing that can be said of anyone, that God’s grace has been negated.

Let’s seek to be like Paul, that God’s grace not be in vain to us, not ineffective in what it can accomplish. May we join with God in Christ and live life in the fulness God intends. Have a great day today doing this very thing. God bless.