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Saved by Grace (Hymn)

Saved by Grace
Fanny Crosby (1891)

Some day the silver cord will break,
And I no more as now shall sing;
But oh, the joy when I shall wake
Within the palace of the King!

Refrain
And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story—Saved by grace;
And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story—Saved by grace.

Some day my earthly house will fall.
I cannot tell how soon ’twill be;
But this I know—my All in All
Has now a place in Heav’n for me.

Refrain

Some day, when fades the golden sun
Beneath the rosy tinted west,
My blessed Lord will say, “Well done!”
And I shall enter into rest.

Refrain

Some day: till then I’ll watch and wait,
My lamp all trimmed and burning bright,
That when my Savior opens the gate,
My soul to Him may take its flight.

Refrain

I always enjoy hymns that speak of salvation.  We are saved by grace that should be a constant theme through our lives and through our songs.  We cannot praise the Lord too much for the infinite mercy and grace that He has shown to us.  I am today saved by grace and saved by grace alone.  What a wonderful Saviour!

Saturday Psalm (9b)

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.  I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.  When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.  for thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.

Psalm 9:1-4

In this Psalm, the Psalmist says that he “will be glad and rejoice in thee.”  He also says that he will “sing praise to thy name.”  Notice the simplicity in both statements: “I will.”  Being glad and rejoicing in the Lord and singing praises to His name are simple things that we simply need to decide to do.  When you think about it, most things in life are fairly simple.  We know what we are supposed to do.  We either do it or we don’t do it.

If we want to praise the Lord, rejoice in Him and sing praises to Him, we are going to have to make a conscious decision to do those things.  Just like anything else in life, we have a choice.  We can decide to do those things or we can decide not to do those things.

The Psalmist made it a point to say “I will…”  That is exactly what we should be saying.  We need to decide that we are going to praise the Lord.  We are going to rejoice in Him.  We are going to sing His praises.  “I will…”

Live Like Jesus

Recompense to no man evil for evil.  Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 

Romans 12:17

I was looking at this verse and thinking about it and I came to this realization: this verse (and many others) could be quickly and easily summed up in one statement: “Live like Jesus.”  Jesus is, of course, our perfect example in all that we do.  This verse tells us to do (or not do) two things: “recompense to no man evil for evil.”  We aren’t supposed to seek our own “revenge.”  When someone does us wrong, we naturally want to do wrong right back to them.  But this is wrong.  We are also supposed to “provide things honest in the sight of all men.”  We are supposed to live honest lives.  Both of those things are things that perfectly exemplified in the life of Jesus.

“Recompense to no man evil for evil.”  Jesus was falsely accused, lied about, beaten, humiliated, and crucified.  If that isn’t evil, I don’t know what is.  Yet He asked the Father to forgive those who were beating and killing Him.  That should be our attitude when we are wronged.  We will never go through as much evil (especially undeserved evil) as Jesus did.  We simply need to follow His example.

“Proved things honest in the sight of all men.”  Jesus lived an open, honest life.  Even when they came to arrest Him to crucify Him, He was not in hiding.  They knew where to find Him.  He did his teaching in the open, to all people.  He didn’t hid in a closet, and go around trying secretly get people to follow Him.  His life was an open book.  While having some privacy is a good thing, we do need to live honest lives – just like our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

Know Your Place

Be of the same mind one toward another.  Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.  Be not wise in your own conceits.

Romans 12:16

There is much in the Bible about humility.  It seems that this is a theme that is repeated over and over again.  Maybe the reason for this is that we, as humans, have a serious problem with the matter of humility.  We do seem to tend toward pride.  Naturally, we are proud and we can easily get a little haughty.  It’s difficult for us to really put down our pride and keep it in check – thus all of the passages dealing with humility!

Here, we are told to “be of the same mind one toward another.”  We are supposed to think of others just as we think of ourselves.  We are not supposed to look down on them, but love them and help them.

We are told to “mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.”  I remember when I was a teenager, I went to a church camp one summer.  At the camp, there was a boy, probably about 12 or 13 years old.  He didn’t take a shower or wear clean clothes.  He smelled bad.  His hair was a mess.  Most of the people at the camp kind of looked down on him.  Then I saw the director of the camp talking to him one day.  This “very important person” had stopped everything he was doing and was talking to this disheveled kid like he was his best friend.  You could tell that this preacher cared about the boy and was completely focused on him.  That left an impression on me and I still remember it.  He wasn’t “too good” or “too important.”  He was living this verse.

Are we humble?  Who do we associate with?  Do we look down at others or do we try to help them?  Are we living this verse today?

The Way of the Christian

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.  Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Romans 12:14-15

The Christian life is a life full of seeming contradictions.  Everything about the Christian life seems like a contradiction.  Everything about being a Christian is directly opposite to everything about our flesh.  What our flesh wants is never what the Lord wants.

These verses tell us to “bless them which persecute you.”  That is hard to do.  That is the opposite of what our flesh wants us to do.  Our flesh wants to destroy the people that persecute us.  Our flesh wants to “get even.”  But we are supposed to bless them.  We are supposed to be good to people who are not good to us.

The second verse tells us to “rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”  Our human nature wants to be bitter at those that are rejoicing.  We want to bring them down to our level.  But we are supposed to rejoice with them.  And when we see someone weeping, we should weep with them.  We should be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of others.

If we were to sum up these two verses (and the next verses in the passage), we could say that a Christian is supposed to be more concerned about others than about himself.  When someone does wrong to us, we are supposed to bless them – because we are supposed to put them above our own feelings.  When someone else rejoices, we should rejoice with them because we are supposed to put them above ourselves.  When someone else weeps, we should weep with them because we are supposed to put them and their needs above us and our own needs.

Are our lives today more about us or more about others?  I think that this passage (and others) would have us to live for others more than for ourselves!

Instructions, Pt. 10

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Romans 12:10-13

In this passage, we can easily see what a Christian should look like.  If a person would do these things and act these ways on a consistent basis, can you imagine all of the honor that the Lord would receive from it?  It would be a glorious life.  The last thing on the list is this: “given to hospitality.”  The dictionary definition of hospitality is simply this: “the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.”

We have seen that we should love our brothers and sisters in Christ.  But hospitality goes beyond that.  Hospitality deals with how we treat strangers.  And we are supposed to treat strangers in a “warm, friendly, generous way.”  How are we with others?

Some people are very nice to the people that they are close to.  They love their families and friends and would do anything for them.  But they wouldn’t cross the street to help someone that they don’t know.  They wouldn’t lift a finger to help a stranger.

Every single person needs the love of Jesus Christ in their lives.  And it is up to us to show that love.  Whether the person is our best friend or a complete stranger, we should love them with a Christ-like love.  We should be “given to hospitality.”  We should be kind, friendly, and generous to all those with whom we cross paths.  How are we doing?  How are we doing showing people the love of Christ?  How well are we doing at living all of these virtues that are expected of the Christian?

Instructions, Pt. 9

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Romans 12:10-13

These verses give us a glimpse into what the life of a Christian should look like.  We have come to this one, which is sometimes a little tricky: “Distributing to the necessity of saints.”

We can all agree that we should love each other.  We can all agree that we should work hard.  We all agree that we should serve the Lord and rejoice in Him.  We all agree that we should continue in prayer.  But what about when it comes to our wallet?  Do we agree that we should give to help others?

It often seems that when it comes to a Christian brother or sister who needs something (especially when it is money that they need), we all assume that someone else will help them.  We expect the church to help them.  We expect the government to help them.  We expect some other person to help them.  But, according to this verse, we should be the ones helping them.

How generous are we with our money and with our possessions?  How giving are we?  Do we give grudgingly, only if we have to or if we feel too guilty?  Or do we look for opportunities to give?

We really should be looking for opportunities to help others in any way that we can.  Sometimes helping others can mean simply being there for them or praying for them or encouraging them.  Other times, helping others might mean actually reaching into our wallets and helping them with a material need.  How are we doing?  How generous are we on a daily basis?

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