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Extending Grace


There are two ways in which the word "grace" is used in the New Testament.  The first is God's favour directed to us who do not deserve it.  The second is the divine ability provided to us to accomplish God's will in our lives, which is seen in the following passages.   


Romans 12:6 states that God's grace, divine ability, enables us to carry out our ministry calling. 


"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." 


Romans 1:5 states that Paul and those with him received grace, divine ability, to facilitate their apostolic mission.   


"Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name's sake."


1 Corinthians 15:10 states God's grace, divine ability, made Paul the man of God that he had become.


"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me."


2 Corinthians 8:1 and 2 state that the poverty-stricken Macedonian believers received grace, divine ability, to give beyond their human ability to give. 


"And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.  In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity."


More passages could be added to the above to show that God's grace can be defined as His divine ability given to us to accomplish His will in our lives.  The undeserved favour God has given us is intended to flow through us and out to others, as seen in Colossians 4:6.


"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone"


The reception of God's unmerited favour towards us must be more than a matter of our minds, more than a theological concept we believe.  It must be a matter of our hearts where it becomes the conviction whereby we live.  Far too often we talk about receiving God's undeserved favour in our lives but it ends there.  All that we receive from the Lord is expected to be shared with others, and that includes grace, His unmerited favour.  If, therefore, we have received God's undeserved favour in our lives as we claim, we possess God's divine ability to extend it to others. 


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