Grace Upon Grace

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~John 1:16-17~

“For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

“For from His fullness we have received…” From Him and only Him, not anything else have I received His fullness, and from Him I have received grace. I know for me the many, many things I have done wrong and the many, many sins I have committed I could not be more grateful to have His grace upon grace. If Christ treated me the way that I treated Him for years I would be incredibly lost. I took Him for granted, I treated Him like my jeanie that I carried around in my pocket everywhere and only took Him out when I needed Him. He was just another person to me that I didn’t believe loved me for who I really was. A terrible sinner that was hurtful in her words and actions. Who honestly didn’t care if she hurt someone because she wanted them to feel the same pain that she was feeling all the time. Without His love and grace I would not  be able to trust anyone and would be caught up in so much more than what the Lord saved me from. Praise the Lord for His grace upon grace. He doesn’t just show me grace once but he continues to, every hour, ever minute, every second of EVER SINGLE DAY. I am only human, I need His grace upon grace. I have received so much grace from Him and His love has saved me from myself so many times. “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” He payed the price for me on the cross and all of my many sins are gone because of His love for me. At the moment that I least deserve His love He shows me it , the moment that I least deserve His grace He shows me. God, at the moment that He gave His son for me, He knew that His son would pay the price for my selfishness and freshly desires that I gave into way before I was even born. The only way that I can begin to show how thankful I am for His fullness and His grace is by showing it to others and the only way I will be able to show that kind of grace and love is with Christ leading me and speaking through me. He has shown His love and grace to everyone and I being His child should try to as much as I possibly can to show His grace and love.

James 1:22-27

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~James 1:22-27~

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (23) For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doers, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror: (24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (25) But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (26) If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this ones religion is useless. (27) Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

vs. 22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

We are called as Christians to not just be hearers. When we are  only being hearers we are really only listening and not putting into practice what has been taught? I know for me personally if I just go to Church ever Sunday and Wednesday and don’t put into action what I have learned then It was pretty much useless for me. Although, I am a person that learn’s from seeing but also doing. To be a hearer and a doer is what we are called to be. Step out, be bold, and have faith in what you have learned.

vs. 23-24 “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doers, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror: (24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”

Have you ever gone into your room or the bathroom looked in the mirror and walked out not remembering what you looked like or have even cared to think about it. I do it ever day, multiple times a day. When I think of this I can’t help but examine how many times a day I look in the mirror. When I look in the mirror what do I see? I see and woman that at times has been hurt and has cried herself to sleep at points but then I see the joy in her eyes that can only come from being saved by grace. So I ask  you the question what do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see someone who is living a life that is showing the joy of the Lord and what He has done or just someone who is going through the motions?

vs.25 “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

  I love the word “But” in this verse, because it means that there is another choice. There is a second path to be taken, that can totally take you in different direction and it could be for the better. “..Blessed in what he does.” I have heard for years “that if you just give it all to Christ, and let Him lead, you will be incredibly blessed.” It has taken me up to this point in my life to see that that is 100% true. Yes, following Christ has ups and down but if you live your life with the love of Christ, for Him and let Him direct every single step you take, it is a life that has purpose, meaning and one that is a blessing.

vs. 26-27 “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this ones religion is useless. (27) Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

As Christians we are called to be different. 1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love this world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father in not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—in not of the Father but is of the wold. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” When people see you do they see something different or are you just like everyone else. Are you making an effort to be like Christ or like the world? What are you dedicating your time to? Is it something that is going to make you a doer or just a hearer. I encourage you to put into action what you are learning. It is so much better to live this life for Him and His work instead of for yourself. This is not our life, take the time to put into action the thing of Christ and live like He did.