I Want Favor and Grace From God and Others

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”  This was a cool verse that I found in the book of Philemon, chapter 1 and verse 25.

It often helps me when I journal (search soap on my blog) to look up the definition of a word.  It brings such a depth and more understanding.

The definition of grace:

  •  the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.  (Kimi translation= God offers the free gift of eternal life to a messed up person like myself through trusting in Jesus death on the cross to pay for my junk)
  • unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
I then wanted to look up the definition of favor:
  • an attitude of approval or liking 
  • an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual
  • approving consideration or attention
Aren’t these all things we wish for ourselves?  Don’t we all want favor, grace and blessing from God?  These are also things I wish for others.  This is a great verse to pray for oneself and others.  A cool to encourage others with.  It is a uplifting verse to include in a card to someone.
So these things I want God to give to me.  As I think about, I also hope to receive these things from others.  When I screw up, I hope someone gives me grace and undeserved forgiveness.  Who doesn’t want approval and liking?  But I have learned that my soul pursuit needs to seek affirmation from the Lord and not be consumed whether or not people approve of me.  
So as I wish to receive these things from others, I should also seek to be a person who freely gives out grace, favor and kindness.  
Jesus, help me to be a person who oozes your grace in my words and actions.
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