How does God help us to grow in grace and love?

After learning about God’s grace last week, we can, hopefully, understand and apply God’s grace in our lives in order to grow. He wants us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Like a vine (or any plant) growing, without a solid root and good light it will eventually die. We too, without a solid root in Christ and without God’s Word, we will eventually shrivel up spiritually.

“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:17-18)

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We know that growth results in changing. Spiritual growth means changing into mature, graceful Christians. Throughout our Christian life time, we should be constantly changing, and focusing on what we need to do in order to prepare for God’s Kingdom. For this to happen, we need to allow God’s Word to “dwell in us” (Colossians 3:16) to reflect the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Showing that we love God by loving each other shows that God’s Word is in our hearts and mouths (Romans 10:8). So, let’s allow God to work through us by the grace and love He has shown to us.

“By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

God helps us to change, not only through His Word but also by placing challenging situations into our lives, to test us and train us. We can hopefully learn from these situations in order to grow and change into graceful people for God.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

August at Ealing: Growing in grace and love

Over the next four weeks at Ealing, we’re going to look at different aspects of growing in grace and love.

Firstly, we need to look at the great example of God’s grace, a blessing we don’t deserve. We have this amazing gift of grace that justifies us, sanctifies us, and eventually, we can look forward to being glorified in God’s Kingdom. The more we know about God’s grace and love, the more we can change and grow into graceful people for God.

“After you suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

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So, once we recognise and understand about the amazing grace and love God has given us, we can then start to make the right actions of grace and reflect the attitude of Jesus in order to grow. But these actions are a decision we each take individually. We may turn up to church every Sunday and read God’s Word, but are we acting in grace and love too? Either we wither away with worldly desires and wrong attitudes, or we nourish our minds with God’s Word, act in love and reflect the attitude of Christ.

God gives His Word to help us grow in grace (1 Peter 2:2). We need to grow continually. This can happen everyday through our experiences, good and bad. We can also learn from each other, through friendships and fellowship with like-minded people.

God’s grace never increases; it is infinite. He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him should be saved (John 3:16). How much more grace could there possibly be than that?

“The grace of our LORD overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 1:14)