The Other Side of Christmas: December 6

More Grace     

December 6, 2019
by Sherri Gaskill    

James 4:1-10 (NIV) 
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.” 
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
 
God’s word is a beautiful thing. We can read a scripture not once but multiple times and each time skim over a word that one day jumps from the page and grabs us. More grace. How often have we read these words and missed the word “more”? What does it mean that God gives us more? Didn’t He give it all to us through His ultimate action of grace, sending His son Jesus to take the punishment that we so rightly deserved? From the moment sin came into this world, God was laying out His plan to reconcile us to Him through the promise of the Messiah. He extended His grace to each one of us, which covers all our iniquities and sins.  
 
Through Christ we are complete, but we daily battle with our sin nature and the want to do things our own way. This is where God extends more grace to us. As we humble ourselves before Him, He extends grace for us to serve Him sacrificially and selflessly. He gives grace for us to love others who make life difficult and challenging. He gives us grace when we find ourselves in a mess of our own doing. He gives us grace to endure physical and emotional pain. He gives us grace to move forward when we feel we cannot take another step.
 
God’s great love for us is the reason for giving us more. God wants a daily relationship with us. He wants to hear from us; He wants to walk with us; and He wants to give us His grace. As we humble ourselves before Him, He will extend more grace. It is through our humbleness and His grace that we will walk a life that has been reconciled to Him. Through the process of humbling ourselves before Him, our love for the One who has loved us from the beginning will increase in ways we cannot imagine.
 
RESPOND 
Think about the areas of your life where you need to humble yourself before God and give it to Him. Be confident in knowing that He will give you the grace you need to handle the challenges that will come your way today.   
 
PRAY
Father, thank You for Your love for us. We thank You for extending more grace to us as we walk daily with You. We pray that today we will be reminded to humble ourselves before You so we can better serve You and share Your love with others, amen.
 
About the author:
Sherri Gaskill  
 
Sherri is a new member of Stafford Crossing Community Church. She has a heart for teaching children about God’s Word and His love for them. She serves in the Kids Crossing Preschool Department.