Grace Moments Devotions - August 18, 2016

August 18

Grace in Action

Jesus’ disciples were often an embarrassment to him during their three years of training. The four gospels report in painful detail when the Twelve exhibited confused priorities and uncaring people attitudes. Two of the four books, Matthew and John, were authored by men who had to describe their own spiritual immaturity in those years.

But after the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost, the disciples (“learners”) became apostles (“sent ones”), and they grew mightily in wisdom and understanding. Their former confused utterings gave way to passionate and articulate proclamations about Christ and his wonderful work. They also learned how to love people: “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them” (Acts 4:33,34).

God would like us to treat one another the way he treats us—with patience, forgiveness, hospitality, kindness, compassion, and generosity. The early church was concerned not only with teaching but with helping people with their physical needs as well.

It was true then and is even truer today that people who are strangers to the Christian faith will take our words much more seriously when accompanied by clear evidence of love and caring. You might call it “grace in action.”

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