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For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
All of our salvation begins and ends with grace and grace alone.
And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
We can not be idle in our faith, we must grow in grace all of our lives.
2 Peter 1:3
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
We must remember that we obtain this very growth from God through grace and by faith.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I John 3:18-
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
This bridge is perhaps the most difficult for Christian believers to understand. We have to learn that as far as God is concerned we are always in His favor and not give in to our own feelings of guilt and shame when we fail to be the believer that we want to be. If we forget this we spend a LOT MORE TIME in regret than we do in victory and peace.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Peace is the seal on God’s grace. This peace can not be counterfeited. Real peace is recognized intuitively by the believer.
An then remember:
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.