“Hi! How are you?” That is a customary greeting in our country, but one that is probably abused. Last Sunday in my husband’s sermon, he gave a great challenge: Instead of asking someone how they’re doing, why not ask them instead, “How have you seen God’s grace in your life today?” I love that!
Paul often started his epistles out talking about God’s grace. We read in Philippians 1:2 –
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you are saved, you experience God’s grace every single day! Grace is what God does for me that I don’t deserve on the basis of the cross.
You are witness of His forgiveness! That’s grace!
You are the recipient of His love! That’s grace!
You have the promise of heaven! That’s grace!
You have access to His throne through prayer! That’s grace!
You witness answered prayers! That’s grace!
You have all your needs met! That’s grace!
You have 66 books to learn the depth of the riches of His love! That’s grace!
You have His wisdom! That’s grace!
You have been given a spiritual gift! That’s grace!
We could go on and on and on. Everything you and I have and enjoy is all of His grace. We don’t deserve it. That will give us LOTS to share with someone else if they ask. Why not ponder for a minute all the ways you’ve witnessed God’s grace in your life just today, then when someone asks you how you’re doing, share one or two on your “grace list.” We are blessed and need to acknowledge the Giver by telling others of His goodness.
If you have not accepted God’s grace gift of salvation through His Son, He is waiting to pour His love and grace to you if you will only ask! “For whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord, will be saved.” Romans 10:13
How have YOU seen God’s grace today? I’d love to hear!
Show grace by sharing encouragement…here’s how:
Pastor’s Encouragement: Pray that your pastor will be a “Great Commission man” – committed to personal evangelism and the equipping of the saints to seek the lost. Pray that he will have a heart to develop a thriving missions program in the church.
Husband’s Encouragement: Let me ask you a question: Do you have fun with your husband? Life is full of serious things—decisions to make, tasks to complete, work to do . . . and it can take all the joy out of our relationships. Are most conversations with your husband serious and task-centered? That’s a sure recipe for concocting a negative and critical spirit toward him. Instead of speaking negatively to your husband today, enjoy him! Encourage him! As you experience fullness of joy with God, share some of that joy with your husband.
Does your husband have a playful side? A great sense of humor? Is there a “little boy” that wants to escape from time to time, reflecting the joy in his heart? This is a wonderful part of who he is and a great strength. Let him know that you appreciate his joyfulness and his playful spirit. Find opportunities to join him in positive play times.
If your husband can sometimes be overly serious, coax him out occasionally for some play times. It will help him relieve stress and relax.
No matter which one of you leans toward the serious side, fun is needed to infuse joy into your relationship.