Signs of Grace

Wednesday, December 27                 

In our men’s Bible study, we studied D.A. Carson’s analysis of Paul’s prayer in 2 Thes. 1:1-12.    He noted that Paul looked for signs of grace in the Christians that he was addressing.  Paul didn’t do that to verify their salvation; that was assumed.  His purpose was to recognize their spiritual growth.  Besides encouraging them, it would motivate them to make further progress.  As Peter said in 2 Peter 1, spiritual progress is a work of God, but we need to put out effort, too.  Paul uses the word “grace” and agrees with Peter that it calls for effort on our part.  The progress noted by Paul prompted him to thank God for God’s work in their lives.  What a lesson that is for us!  We need to look for “signs of grace” in our fellow Christians, thank God for it,  encourage them by commending them for it, challenge them to make further progress, and to pray to that end.  Why not pick a fellow Christian and start today.  Maybe you could start with me.  I need it.

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2 Responses to Signs of Grace

  1. Stan and Frieda Frazier says:

    Dave I want you to know that each post I read I get encouraged. Thanks for taking the time to write these thoughts down to share with the rest of us. You and Elizabeth have been a blessing over the years to us and our family. May you have a blessed 2018. I look forward to many more “Crumbs”–Frieda

    • davelotz says:

      Thanks. You two are very special to us. You have always blessed us with your servant’s attitude, even under very trying circumstances. We think of you often, even if our communications with you don’t indicate that. As a former member of our church, now with the Lord, often said “I’m doing very well for the shape I’m in. That comes to my mind fairly often of late.

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