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Grace To You

    I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
(Colossians 4:18)

We have come to the end of our Colossians study and what a great book this has been. Paul is so passionate about Christ that even while he is in prison he continues to minister to others. That is some serious dedication. I imagine that if I had been in his shoes I would have been filled with fear and focused more on my circumstances. I think my letter would have been something like “Please pray for me because I can’t seem to focus on anything except that I am cold, tired, hungry and scared.” It would be easy to become self focused but Paul has one thing on his mind and that is making Christ known and he won’t let that little inconvenience of being in chains keep him from doing that.

I love the last verse of this book. Paul picks up the pen himself and asks for prayer and then speaks a benediction on the people of Colossae. “Grace be with you.”

A benediction is a short prayer for divine help, blessing and guidance over the people of God. It is often given at the end of a worship service. I have very fond childhood memories of seeing our pastor (my dad) raise his hand and pray this special blessing over the congregation. It was almost like a special mark that he was leaving with us as we went into the week reminding us that God is mighty to save and eager to bless.

“Grace be with you.”

This is beautiful. Grace is undeserved favor. It is something we need immeasurable amounts of and yet something we do not deserve and cannot earn. We need grace to help us deal kindly with our children and to show love and respect to our husbands. It is grace that causes us to overcome temptations and it is grace that forgives us when we fail. Grace not only gives us  what we need but also things we simply want. Grace stays God’s hand against the wicked and grace allows us to grow in godliness despite our foolishness. Since we all deserve nothing short of hell we can say that everything in our lives is grace.

Grace is freely given by God, and most liberally through Jesus Christ. Since Jesus is the source of our grace we need to stay close to him. We do this by use of the “means of grace.” God has given us gifts that he uses to bless us. We hear God in and are transformed by his word. We speak to God in and are strengthened through prayer. We experience God together in corporate worship. If we want an abundance of grace in our lives then we must seek it in the God who desires to bless us in so many ways (1 Tim 1:14). We seek that grace–we seek Christ–through this sacred means.

Let me leave you with the first benediction found in scripture and I pray that you have a grace filled day.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Looking to Jesus,

 

 

 

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  1. Thank you, Jen, for sharing about the grace of God!! Excellent article! God bless you and I’m looking forward to doing the Advent study with Good Morning Girls in English and Spanish!

    For those who want to do it in Spanish with us: https://www.facebook.com/GMGespanol

    For those interested, you can read all my posts on Colossians here: http://unamujerelegida.wordpress.com/tag/colossians/

  2. Thank you for sharing, Jen! Excellent reminder of HIS grace!

    Looking forward to doing Advent with GMG in English and Spanish!

    Spanish: https://www.facebook.com/GMGespanol

    If interested, you can read my Colossians blog posts here: http://unamujerelegida.wordpress.com/tag/colossians/

  3. When I got married in 1999 I wasn’t a believer. We eloped and I purposely took God/religious stuff out of the ceremony. BUT the minister did say the benediction from Numbers you shared at the very end. The gall! -haha! Well it’s very special to me now. We came to faith the following year just months apart and then Summer 2002, we were baptized together. That was our public commitment to God and one another that I will forever cherish.

    Thanks for this great post. What a way to end a fabulous study!!

  4. Thank you for this study in Colossians. I was blessed by it and made it to the end :-)

  5. Thank you, Jen for these beautiful words of comfort! May grace be with you!!

  6. Thank you so very much for Good Morning Girls and this study. Yes, thank you so much!!!

  7. Although it saddens me to be complete in this particular study, I have learned so much about myself and have felt my faith grow. It has been a life-changing experience and I find that my days feel incomplete without going to God now – something I’ve never felt before. I am filled with comfort and peace and this study has helped to bring me to that realization. Thank you for all your hard work!

  8. I can’t believe this study is already at its end and that I made it all the way through!:) I am so thankful for this group and being able to be a part of it. I have loved spending time in God’s Word each morning (something I did not make a habit of before). I can’t wait for the next study to start! Thank you to all of you ladies and your beautiful words of encouragment each week! God Bless!

  9. Jamie Rindt says:

    Thank you ladies and may God bless you greatly with His grace. It has been a blessing to me and I appreciate all the work you have put into this.
    Our group has been a blessing to me. Thank you.

  10. This was one of the best descriptions of grace I’ve read! Beautifully put!!
    Kathy:)

  11. Thank you for sharing this study through GMG. You have all helped me to “stay the course” and I thank you for your discipleship through GMG. It’s a wonderful blessing. I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and eagerly await the Advent study. God Bless.

  12. Thank you sisters for this study, my faith has grown, my friendships have grown, I have been so blessed by this study. It has down me closer to the Lord!! I can’t wait for the next one, advent study! I love GMG and all that you do for us. Thank You!!

    By His Grace,
    Adrienne

  13. Thank you for the comforting words. This was a wonderful study! So looking forward to the Advent Study! God bless!

  14. I have so enjoyed this study! It’s been so meaningful to me and I CANNOT wait until the next study (Advent). Thank you, ladies, for being available and allowing the Lord to give you such words of wisdom for His women. We’re hungry for it. Keep it coming!! God bless you.

  15. Thank you so much for this study. This is the first time in many years that I have consistently read the bible over a period of weeks and I am so pleased that I was able to stick to the schedule (the weekends off definitely helped!). The SOAP method was amazing as it made me focus on God’s word and not someone else’s commentary so thanks for introducing me to that.

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