And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; (2 Corinthians 9:8)
I hope this has been a transforming experience for you. Gratitude can change your outlook on life and by doing so change how you live your life. As we have talked about the process of Grace leading to Gratitude we have noted that it results in Graciousness. So who have you loved differently as a result of your Grace experience? What opportunities have you had to be gracious instead of grumpy, kind instead of cranky? As the verse says: grace abounds to us so that we might have an abundance for good deeds.
As you enter the advent season, a season traditionally marked by gift giving (graciousness) make your giving not out of obligation but truly out of grace. Here are some Grace Challenge encouragements for your gift giving, for your abundance of good deeds:
- Make a list of the people you are buying gifts for this Christmas season in your Grace Challenge Notebook
- Pray for them daily; Give thanks for them daily.
- With your gift, write a note that expresses the content of your prayer and thanks for the person you have been gracious towards. Use Ephesians 1 and Colossians 1 as examples for your writing and prayer.
- Believe that your prayer and thanksgiving is worth more than the monetary value of the gift given.