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The Gifts of Common Grace

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

– Philippians 4:4-8

In Philippians 4, Paul gives a very famous admonition to rejoice in the Lord always, to be anxious for nothing, to pray about everything, and to be thankful. The fruit of all these things will be a deep inner peace, and from that peace will flow a response on our part: dwelling on what is good.

You see, God has given direct grace (favor) to those who are saved, but there’s a common grace that’s given to everybody. For this reason, it’s not just Christian things that are worthy of appreciation; because of His goodness, everyone is blessed! Despite a person’s religion, socioeconomic class, or rank in society, they can partake in the abundance and beauty of God. Think of Yosemite — anyone can go and bask in the wonder of that place. Even if they are poor or belong to some far out cult, they can still behold and experience the majesty of their Creator there (which might ultimately lead them to want a relationship with Him). This is why I believe Paul teaches us to dwell, not only on spiritual truths, but on all the true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy gifts of common grace that surround us, whether in nature, people, or places.

Friend, you have a choice to see through the lens of beauty and goodness or through the tinted and obstructed perspective of negativity, which is the view of your enemy. Choose the latter and your life will be stolen from you; choose the former and you will flourish. The gifts of common grace are manifold and they are yours for the beholding. Pick out the good in people, situations, and circumstances, and focus on them. When you do, the negative will be naturally filtered out and the joy of the Lord will triumph in your life! Isn’t that wonderful news?

Prayer


I thank you, Jesus, for the gifts of common grace. Elevate my perspective to see them in my life every day and be thankful.

Reflection


What are the gifts of grace surrounding you today? Will you choose to focus on their goodness rather than on other negative circumstances?

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2 Responses

  1. Yes, tbis is the right way to live. I am trying to change myself, instead of firing back. It has worked for me.

    1. Hi Una! Thanks for letting us know how the Lord is working in your life. We are thankful for you and for your support and prayers for this ministry. God loves you and so do we!

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