Ambassadors of Grace
Thegrace that we have receivedweare to extend toothers2 Corinthians 9:8AndGod is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.–NIV
How do we extend the grace of God to others?Luke6:27-36, NIV“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone strikesyou…
Luke6:27-36,NIV (cont’)…youon one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 If you love those who love you,what credit is that to you?
Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you,what credit is that to you?Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment,what credit is that to you?Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full.
35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
And if you do good to those who are good to you……what credit is that to you?
Othertranslationssay:…what quality of credit and thanks is that to you?–Amp…what kind of graciousness is yours?–Wuest…what grace have ye?–Young’sLiteral…what grace do you practice?–Berkeley
SevenWays to Extend GracetoOthersExtendinggrace means loving yourenemiesColossians 1:21And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled…
SevenWays to Extend GracetoOthersExtendinggrace means loving the sinnerRomans 5:8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
SevenWays to Extend GracetoOthers….and thoseyou deemundeserving of yourloveGenesis 32:10aIam not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant…
SevenWays to Extend GracetoOthers3. Extending grace means forgiving, loving and praying for those who mistreat you
Acts 7:59-60Andthey stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
SevenWays to Extend GracetoOthers4. Extendinggrace means being generous with your finances to the undeserving
Luke 6:34Andif you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full.
2 Corinthians 8:9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
SevenWays to Extend GracetoOthersExtendinggrace means reaching out and ministering to those in need among the redeemed
2Corinthians 8:6-7, NIVSo we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
2Corinthians 8:14Right now you have plenty and can help them. Then at some other time they can share with you when you need it. In this way, everyone’s needs will be met.Philippians 4:19Andmy God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
SevenWays to Extend GracetoOthersExtending grace means committing ourselves to only speak those things that build others up
Ephesians 4:29Letno corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Colossians 4:6Letyour speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
SevenWays to Extend GracetoOthers7. Extendinggrace means showing kindness to all through Jesus Christ
Ephesians 2:4-7ButGod, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us uptogether…
Ephesians 2:4-7 (Cont’)…and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
We must not receive the grace of God……in vain2 Corinthians 6:1We….plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
Other Translations:…donot receive it to no purpose.–Amp…we beg you to make good use of God’s kindness to you.–CEV…we beg you, then, not to fail to use the grace of God.–Phillips
Don’tlet God’s undeserved love be wasted on you. –BeckIappeal to you not to accept the grace of God without using it.–Berkley
Howdoes one receivethe grace of God in vain?
We receivethe grace of God invain when we…Continueto walk in willful sin or walking away from God after experiencing His grace.
Romans 6:1-2, NIVWhat shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
We receivethe grace of God invain when we…Getmad at God when we do not understand what is going on aroundus
Hebrews 12:15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
We receivethe grace of God invain when we…Failto extend to others the grace that we have received from the LordMatthew 18:32-35“Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
Matthew18:32-35 (Cont’)33Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
Let’s be ambassadors of God’sgrace by demonstrating to theworld the grace of God in a tangible wayby:loving,forgiving,blessingandshowingkindness toall
Ambassadors of Grace