Grace, love, fellowship…
Welcome to Be Very Well Fed! Today on Try-It Tuesday, we will study some Scripture, then end with a wonderful recipe. Keep reading!
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Our verse for today comes at the end of 2 Corinthians. Paul has both encouraged and admonished the residents of Corinth in this letter. He ends it with a blessing, one that we can still offer today.
Let’s unpack this verse and see how it can be practically applied in our lives. Part one says: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ…” What exactly is grace? Theologians define it as “unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation” (thanks to allaboutgod.com for that definition). We can’t do anything to earn grace. It’s a gift from God. Interestingly, the term “grace” appears mostly in the New Testament books written by Paul–and he was a definite recipient of grace (remember, he persecuted the church and was feared by many during the time he was known as Saul. But an encounter with Jesus on the road changed him forever both in name, Saul to Paul, and deed, persecutor to proclaimer). So, grace = undeserved, freely given through Jesus. Paul prayed for the Corinthians to have it; we should also pray to not only have it, but to extend it as well through Jesus at work in us.
Now on to the second part, “and the love of God…” Wow, how do I define that? If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, then you have felt the love of God. Complete, unfathomable, unending, captivating, all-encompassing, all-seeing yet all-forgiving, limitless, timeless, mysterious, joyous, victorious… words cannot even begin to paint the picture of God’s love for us. My friend, if you are not sure of your relationship status with God, stop reading. Pray right where you are for Jesus to forgive you of your sins. Confess that you are a sinner in need of a Savior. Give yourself time to rest in His love, to feel His complete forgiveness. It is only when we admit our need for God that we can truly know the depths of His love for us.
The final part of the verse is this: “and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” The Holy Spirit resides in everyone who not only believe in Jesus, but accept Him as Lord of life. When Jesus left this earth to return to heaven, He sent the Comforter to be with His people. That Comforter is still here today. The Holy Spirit is the One Who guides believers in their day-to-day activities. He’s the One Who whispers encouragement or warnings. You may think that you don’t need the Holy Spirit–oh my friend, you do! Each believer should welcome fellowship with the Spirit, for it is during those times that we learn more about God.
How do we bring all of these facets into our lives? Simple–We should have grace, love, and fellowship with others. How do we do that? Through God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit working in us through grace, love and fellowship. Sweetheart, when we are fully open to the leading of the Trinity (God the Father, Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit), we are not only recipients of that grace, love and fellowship. Oh no. We are also able to serve as a conduit of those same blessings. We just can’t keep them to ourselves. So, as Paul prayed long ago, I pray the same to you: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” My prayer is that you memorize this Scripture, and then live it out according to your life circumstance. Be awesome examples of grace, love, and fellowship to everyone you meet!
I have to admit, being a conduit for grace, love, and fellowship doesn’t always leave much time for cooking a great meal. So I’m going to share with you a quick one that can get you out of the kitchen and to the table in no time. Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread from finding a new life through food is a tasty and speedy meal option. I will warn you though–it is a bit messy to roll up, but the reward is so worth the chaos. Believe me! Pair it with some crisp kettle chips and fresh fruit, and ta-da! Meal in minutes! Try it today!