Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Strengthened By God's Grace

Hebrews 13 is loaded with exhortations for us to lead the right kind of life. There are numerous challenges for us if we read the entire list, but such a reading brings a necessary evaluation if we choose to look inwardly and see where we are in our standing with God. There is one phrase in there that I keep coming back to. It is not only an exhortation but an informative way for us to be built up and receive strength in our relationship with God and others.

Hebrews 13:9
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.

Important verses like Ephesians 2:8-9 tell us the role of grace in our salvation. Here in Hebrews it's an attitude of grace that strengthens us and is good for the heart. Think of ways you can respond to God and to others with grace.

This exhortation is included in a list which names things like loving each other, remembering those in prison, and refraining from the love of money, to name a few. In your life, how does the instruction to be strengthened by grace fit into such a list, in order of importance?

Think in terms of your life being strengthened by grace, and read verse 20 in this 13th chapter of Hebrews.


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