Saturday, June 11, 2016

Encouraging last words

Our Master Jesus has his arms wide open for you.
And I love all of you in the Messiah, in Jesus.
1 Corinthians 16:23-24 The Message

As you have probably gathered, I love God's word. And one of the things I really love is the way Paul finishes his letters, with messages of hope, love and encouragement. Messages that every time I read them make me think, wow, thank you Jesus for loving me and giving me life.

May what our Master Jesus Christ gives freely be deeply and personally yours, my friends. Oh yes! Galatians 6:18 The Message

Oh yes indeed - what a prayer. Let's receive that today.

Receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep within yourselves. Philippians 4:23 The Message

We know from what we read about Paul that he had a handle on grace. He had experienced God's grace first hand in a big way. And he never forgot what Jesus had done for him.

Good-bye, friends. Love mixed with faith be yours from God the Father and from the Master, Jesus Christ. Pure grace and nothing but grace be with all who love our Master, Jesus Christ. Ephesians 6:23-24 The Message

Pure grace - something that is so difficult for us to understand, until we, like Paul have an experience of it. But it is available to us every day, so let's not ignore it or discount it, let's receive it.

The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. 2 Corinthians 13:13-14 The Message

Paul understood who the Holy Spirit is and the power He bought into his life. He knew how to submit to Him and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Something we too, need to be constantly asking God to help us do.

In some of his letters, Paul finished with some quite definite instructions, that again are so relevant to us today ....

And oh, my dear Timothy, guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life. Avoid the talk-show religion and the practiced confusion of so-called experts. People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith. Overwhelming grace keep you! 1 Timothy 6:20-21 The Message

Our people have to learn to be diligent in their work so that all necessities are met (especially among the needy) and they don't end up with nothing to show for their lives. Titus 3:14 The Message

But Paul's overall message is one of grace - grace that is sufficient for us, every day, in every thing we do. So today, let's choose to both receive grace and be givers of grace, in Jesus Name.

All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong, exactly as preached in Jesus Christ, precisely as revealed in the mystery kept secret for so long but now an open book through the prophetic Scriptures. All the nations of the world can now know the truth and be brought into obedient belief, carrying out the orders of God, who got all this started, down to the very last letter. All our praise is focussed through Jesus on this incomparably wise God! Yes! Romans 16:25-27 The Message

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