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3 Days Until Christmas . . . He Rules the World with Truth and Grace

Hello friends!

Three days until Christmas! Today is the first day of Christmas vacation and my kiddos are home and we are decorating cut-out cookies.

Making Frosting

Christmas Cookies

The kids being home always reminds me of the song, “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas” . . . you know the line – “and Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again!” Christmas vacation is fun, but by day five or so the lack of routine can start to get to both the kids and this Mama and sooner or later the bickering starts and makes for a less than happy Christmas. Can anyone relate (please tell me this happens in other homes besides just ours!!)?

Thankfully, the words from “Joy to the World” that we are focusing on today are true: “He rules the world with truth and grace”.

This phrase is straight from the Bible in John 1:14. The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth.

God sent Jesus to rule this world with grace and truth. I have always loved that the word “grace” comes before the word “truth” because I believe it reflects the very heart of God. Yes, He is Truth. There’s no denying that. However, He is also Grace, and aren’t you thankful for His grace? I don’t know where I would be without it!

It is easy to believe that Jesus rules the entire world with grace and truth. But, let’s make it personal and understand that not only does He rule the world that way, but He wants to rule our homes that way too. The challenge, however, is that we as family members of a home, often lean more towards truth rather than grace. We say things that are true, but they’re not very gracious. We treat those closest to us worse than we would treat a stranger at the store. We don’t consider the feeling of those in our own homes.

If Jesus is to rule our homes with truth and grace, let’s cooperate with Him and be gracious to those He has given as a gift to us. One practical way to do that is something that the kids and I are working on this Christmas break. We are trying to “THINK” before we speak. Is what we are about to say:

T – true

H – helpful

I – important

N – necessary

K – kind

If it passes the “THINK” test, then we will say it. If not, then it can be left unsaid. Imagine the peace and harmony that would be in our homes if we all “THINK” before we speak! Well, as you have figured out by now, you can’t control what everyone in your home does. But, you can control yourself. Why not set a good example in how you speak to your family and see if it might encourage them to do the same? Even the gracious speech of one person can turn things around!

He rules the world with truth and grace and I want to cooperate with that rule. How about you?

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Preparing for the Holidays, Part 6 – The Twin Virtues of Grace & Peace

Hi friends! Have you been lighting your candle of peace? Let me encourage you. Often times, when you try to excel in the virtues of God, such as peace, circumstances come your way to test and try you. This happened to me yesterday. Shortly after my son lit the candle of peace, things became very stressful in our home. I wanted to give up and just go back to bed (and almost did!). However, I knew God was calling me to be a peacemaker. It was difficult, but with the Holy Spirit’s help, we were able to turn things around in our home. When things are anything but peaceful, don’t give up! Press through and be the conduit of God’s peace.

This morning, as I was reading the Bible, I came across the twin virtues of grace and peace. In the first couple verses of many of the Epistles, we see grace and peace coupled together:

  • To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7
  • Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3
  • To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father. Colossians 1:2
  • To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. Titus 1:4

We have already talked about peace. So, let’s look at grace for a moment. What is grace? One common definition of grace is – “getting what you don’t deserve”. This is true. You can see this definition of grace through the act of God sending Jesus, His Son, to pay your penalty so that you get what you don’t deserve, freedom and the gift of a full and abundant life that will last for all eternity. That’s grace! However, not only did God show us grace. God Himself is Grace. I love how God describes Himself in the Old Testament as He is meeting with Moses, “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.’” Exodus 34:6

We serve a gracious God. He is a God of grace. The amazing thing to me is, not only is He a God of grace, He allows His grace to rest upon us. Stop and consider the weightiness of that statement. God’s grace is upon you. His loving-kindness, His blessing, His favor covers you like a warm, comforting blanket.

Why does God allow His grace to descend upon you and take up residence in your life? I believe the answer is two-fold:

First of all, because He loves you! When you love someone, you want to show them your love. God shows you His love through His grace.

Secondly, however, God’s grace rests upon you so that His grace can flow through you. The goal of grace is to pass it on.

  • Because you’ve been loved, you love.
  • Because you’ve been forgiven, you forgive.
  • Because you’ve been blessed, you bless.
  • Because you’ve been given what you don’t deserve, you treat others better than they deserve.
  • Because you’ve been shown great kindness, you are kinder than most people would be.
  • Because you’ve been given the benefit of the doubt, you give the benefit of the doubt as well.
  • Because God has spoken graciously to you, through His Word, you speak gracious words to others (or you keep your mouth shut, which can definitely be an act of grace! *smile*)

Grace is God’s gift to you and it is meant to be a gift that keeps on giving. Who will you give grace to today? A family member? A stranger? Someone who drives you crazy? Yourself?

May God’s grace rest upon you today, and as it does, may it be followed by its twin virtue, peace!

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Join me next time, as I continue this theme of preparing your heart for this holiday season.  I will be sharing about the time my joy broke.  Until then, may God’s grace be yours in abundance!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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