Thank You, Lord, that You love me like no other.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain … We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.” (6:1,3 NIV)
“…please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us … don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated – or not – in the details.” (6:1, 3-4 MSG)
Father, Your marvelous grace is a wondrous gift that cost You so much! Thank You for Your grace! Thanks for freely giving what I surely didn’t deserve.
Cause my life to be a reflection of that grace to others. Remove any part of me that would convey “ungrace” to others. Teach me to leave the convicting of other’s faults to Your Spirit. Make my heart and mind into vessels of Your acceptance and compassion. Shape me into more of an encourager, a cheerleader, one who builds others up as we together seek to be fully devoted followers of You.
“…For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said, ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people … I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters.” (6:16, 18 NIV)
Thank You for making me Your child, Lord. Thanks that I get to call You “Father.” Thanks for the changes in me that You initiate, cultivate, and bring to the point of being ripe for harvesting and sharing with others. Make the fruit that comes from this branch into that which resembles the Vine (Jesus) and is nourishing to others around. Amen.