by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
II Corinthians 8:1-15

You may not have put the word, grace, and the word,
giving, together. It may come as a surprise to you
that the word, grace and giving, are connected
together, but they are. We normally think in terms of
grace and its salvation aspect. We think about saving
grace. We Baptist people, of all people, love to sing,
"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a
wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I'm found.
Twas blind but now I see." We understand saving
grace. "For by grace are you saved, through faith."
The grace of God which is the favor of God which
caused Him to send His son the Lord Jesus Christ to
die on a cross for our sins, though we did not deserve
it. So we understand what amazing grace is all about—
saving grace.

Sometimes we don't connect the idea of grace with our
daily life. But when you study the Bible you will
discover that grace no only has to do with saving
grace, but the Bible talks in terms of living grace.
Paul, in I Corinthians 15:10 said, "By the grace of
God I am what I am." He was saying—not only am I
saved by grace, but my very life, my very existence is
dependent upon the grace of God and anything I am and
anything I do I do it because of the work of God's
grace in and through my life.

Our life, as born again believers, is to be an
expression of God's grace in our life. James 4:6 says,
"He giveth more grace." We need saving grace, but we
also need living grace. We have to have God's grace if
we are going to live the way we ought to live and be
what we ought to be on a daily basis. He giveth more
grace—daily supplies of grace.

I heard about a wealthy man who became interested in a
poor man and decided he would just meet his every
need. Every month the poor man would get a check from
the wealthy man that would completely cover everything
that man needed for that month ...

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