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).
Paul’s letters are some of my favorite books in the Bible. They are filled with an urgent passion for those who do not know Christ to waste no time. Paul encourages them to accept the grace He offers to them through His death, burial, and resurrection. It’s as if Paul can see that the early believers’ clocks were running down and the game would soon be over. His zeal and love for those who were seeking Christ and learning His teachings comes through like an energetic Sunday sermon.
As a new believer I couldn’t see the dynamic of the Trinity the way Paul did in the verse above. I didn’t understand that each part brought something that when combined completed the character of God. It was as I studied the New Testament by using the reference verses of my favorite Christian songs that I began to see the layers.
Songs by Rich Mullins, Charlie Peacock, Margaret Becker, and of course, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith helped my growth like a huge greenhouse. Each month as I grew, I found more and more wisdom in the words I listened to each day. Including a way to view my relationship with my husband.
The unity of the Trinity has come to be a personal reminder of what my marriage needs to look like as well. Each day I can choose to offer grace to my husband or I can criticize what I think he should or should not do. I can choose to love him unconditionally, as God loves me, or I can withhold that love because he teased me about something that day.
Everyday, I can decide if I will spend time with my husband, offering sweet fellowship to him at the end of the day. Our jobs are mentally demanding and often we feel weighted down by the things we did to resolve the different issues we faced. I can spend time away from him, reading or working on a project or I can sit with him in the living room. We don’t have to talk, we can just be together.
Each of us has the opportunity to give grace, offer love unconditionally, and develop fellowship between ourselves and our neighbors, our loved ones, and the strangers we don’t know yet. Whether we are married, single, divorced, widowed, or our status reads “it’s complicated”, we hold these three gifts in our hands. We can hold them close and hoard them, which makes them less valuable. We can hold them out to those we encounter, offering to them the very things that were offered freely to us.
Grace, Love, Fellowship– may they redefine your life and mine, always.