Be Strong In Grace

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, September 30, 2009

 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.  – 2 Timothy 2:1

Paul was instructing Timothy to be strong in the charis (grace) that he has received in Christ. A meaning of this Greek word, charis, is graciousness, or some would say, goodness. It especially applies to the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life (Strong’s Concordance).

How does one become strong in grace? By practicing grace, or goodness. The tendency for most of us is to learn a good thing, practice it for a while, then move on to another good thing. The result is that we know many things but do few things well.

Timothy and every believer who would read this passage is being instructed to continue practicing grace so that they would be strong in goodness. Practice gracious works of goodness and you will discover that grace will become the standard of your life.

Some have limited the word of grace to salvation, and missed the greater effect of grace in their lives. As we serve others graciously God’s gift of grace grows within us and we become stronger in our faith.

Another aspect of applying this passage is the “pass it on” concept. The lessons of faith we have learned are to be passed on to others. We are given the instruction to find others who will become faithful in grace, train them in being gracious, then challenge them to teach others the concepts of gracious living.

We are concluding September, a month of devotions on the virtue of goodness, with a challenge to seek the Lord for more grace, more goodness, in your life. Ask him how you can affect the world around you with kind acts of goodness. By practicing this you will grow strong in grace.

 Principle: Seek the Lord for more grace – then pass it on to others.

 Affirmation: I am practicing gracious living and passing it on to

Prayer: Lord, help me understand what it means to live my life in such a way that others are impacted by your goodness. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 47 – Jeremiah 49-50 – Titus 1 – Proverbs 30

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