How do you end your conversations with others? How about your emails or text messages?
In 2 Timothy 4:22 we read the last four preserved words between two leaders. If Timothy did arrive before winter, as Paul had requested, if he brought Paul’s cloak and scrolls, especially the parchments, then they did spend further time together. But here in this final epistle Paul concludes with a benediction, “Grace be with you.”
The rapidly changing world we live in, cloaked with violence, hatred and growing polarization will need far more than a political solution. Education, which is available in a myriad of options, won’t provide what is required. Perhaps, yes prayerfully, let’s ask God to use all of this turmoil to drive us to a sense of dependence. We need God’s grace.
God’s grace is His unmerited favour. Grace comes to us through Jesus Christ, the One full of grace and truth. Grace comes to us in salvation, service, sanctification and in God’s sustaining presence in trials.
Can you finish these verses?
“For by grace you have been saved….” Ephesians 2:8-10
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and….” John 1:17
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared….” Titus 2:11ff
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient…” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour….” 2 Peter 3:18
May you have a grace-filled day, a grace-filled week, a grace-filled month, a grace-filled life! Grace, GOD’S GRACE, be with you! Amen.
I love the quote I found while searching for a picture to accompany this post – “Broken can be beautiful when grace sings the melody.” (Gwen Smith)