FRIDAY September 15, 2017
God’s Grace Given
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus. - 1 Corinthians 1:4
Paul, here, continued with the theme of grace. He thanked God for His grace, seen in the lives of the people in the Corinthian church. Notice how Paul was so personal; he was genuinely concerned for the body of Christ––the church. He was aware of their needs, and he prayed for the people.
A shepherd––a pastor of a church, should be genuine in his concern for the people. If a pastor is not concerned about people, he will not mention them at all. Paul made very clear the call of a shepherd:
The Apostle Peter shared with the elders of the Church the importance of taking care of God’s people:
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly,not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock… (1 Peter 5:2-3)
It is wonderful for a pastor to see the grace of God working in the lives of the people in the Church of Jesus Christ. Remember, grace only comes through being born again of the Holy Spirit. Grace is free; grace is a gift, and it is not given by any human merit.
Grace is what all need, what none can merit and what God alone can give.
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