“Timber!” Common and Saving Grace

Common grace might be adequately described as God’s kindnesses experienced in our daily lives.  Well, we rejoice today in a very small thing the Lord did for us–He pushed over a tree in our neighbor’s yard!  Here’s the photo:

It truly was an ugly tree, distorted and leaning, obstructing our view.  Jodi had actually prayed for it to fall, and for it to fall on our neighbor’s yard (after all, it is his tree).  Although I might question the kindness of my otherwise extremely kind wife, I do very much appreciate God both hearing and answering her prayer!  He is a God of grace!

I was reminded this morning that God is a God of grace as we studied the prologue of John (1:1-18).  Consider the following:

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (1:12,13).  In other words–grace!  Salvation and adoption are gifts, not the result of any human effort! 

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (1:14).

“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace (1:16).  All of God’s people (that’s the context– “as many as received Him” [1:12]) have received grace in abundance (common grace, saving grace, sanctifying grace)! 

“For the Law was  given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ” (1:17).  Jesus–Grace-with-legs!  He was grace.  He gave grace.  Still is.  Still does! 

Thanksgiving is a feast in celebration of God’s grace (atleast it should be).  Christmas is a party, honoring the greatest example of grace–the Incarnation (the Word becoming flesh [1:14])!  Don’t you love this time of the year?!  And–don’t you love it when God knocks an ugly tree over so you don’t have to look at it?!  I sure do!

I hope you had a great November!

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