We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace (Colossians 1:3-6).
Do you remember the day when God’s grace finally started to make sense to you? Did it wash over you? Did it move you to tears? Shouts of Joy? Silent amazement? All of the above? Accepting Christ’s sacrifice in my place overwhelmed me to tears. It still does. God has given me something I could not ever access or create on my own. Salvation comes only through Christ and the Cross, when I allow myself to think about it, I find myself shaking my head at that kind of love.
When my faith grew and I had traveled with Jesus for a while longer, I came to see that His grace for me didn’t just cover the brokenness and sin of my past. His grace covered my unbelief in times of turmoil, my pain when His plans didn’t match mine. I saw how His grace met me when I failed in an area I thought I had beaten. His grace met me in my sorrow when I lost family members or friends.
My faith grew when His grace met me and it bore fruit as I was able to celebrate the ways God showed up. Over the years, I have shared stories with others and they have shared stories with me about the ways God’s grace was enough for them. It has spurred me on when I have struggled and the same for them. When we share stories it gives the glory to God and it reminds us of His great goodness. It’s the same reason stones would be gathered to make a memorial in the Old Testament for a miracle God performed. To help us celebrate Him and to help us teach our children about God’s goodness and trustworthiness.
Best Beloved, who encouraged you when you were beginning your journey with Christ? Whose testimony planted the seeds or helped grow the faith within you? Who are you encouraging today? Are you sharing your story with others when God shows His grace in your life? When we tell others of the goodness of God we help them find the hope they may have lost, the courage they forgot they had. We who have been blessed by God’s grace become a blessing to others.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind (Philippians 2:1-2).