By Mike Chaffin
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. Philippians 4:23
Habits. We all have them. They may be as mundane as brushing teeth every morning or as important as reading one’s Bible and praying daily. It looks like Paul has a habit. The last words in Philippians are the same as those in Galatians and a few of Paul’s other letters. Paul has a habit of extending “grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” to the readers of his letters.
Christians understand God’s grace to be a spontaneous gift to his people. It is free, and totally undeserved. It is an attribute of God that is manifested in the salvation of sinners. It is also given to us in the refreshing act of being daily filled with the Holy Spirit.
As Christians we are called by Jesus to be a light unto the world. Being light means extending God’s grace to those who don’t know Him. We do that by our love for them. We tell them how we came to Christ and extend that same invitation to them. Talking about God and His many blessings is a great habit to get into.
The habits we cultivate as Christians help us grow into maturity and in sanctification, a big word for Christlikeness. Habits like praying, Bible reading, singing praises and spiritual songs, sharing Christ, giving, and loving others are essentials.
A great acronym to guide our prayers is the word ACTS. This stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.
There are many Bible reading plans to keep us going. This link is a great spot to choose one; https://www.ligonier.org/posts/bible-reading-plans
Listening to Christian radio or just lifting up our voices while driving down the highway are great habits to get into.
Sharing Christ is as simple as having a conversation about Jesus or as involved as mentoring a person in discipleship.
Habits can be good or bad. If we focus on good ones, the bad ones will go away because, as John wrote, light penetrates the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Prayer: Dear Lord thank you for extending grace to me. Help me each day with the refreshing of your Holy Spirit so I too can extend grace to my brothers and sisters in Christ and share the good news with someone who doesn’t know you. Help me to live in grace, loving others. In Jesus’s name, amen.