Elders Message June 2021
GRACE GETS THE LAST WORD
- “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29)
- “People will remember you by how you made them feel; Not by who you are or what you have accomplished.”
- God’s filter for our mouth: “Is what I am saying helpful for building others up?”
These are some great lessons for our current generation, where today, disrespect is shown in all aspects of daily life in this sinful world.
Christ had it right. Grace gets the last word! Do you know the very last thing he said to his disciples? While the Bible doesn’t record the exact words, we get the gist of it in Luke Chapter 24: “While Jesus was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven” (Luke 24:51)
Cherish the word while. While Jesus was in the very act of blessing them, of promising them something good in God’s name, he was taken back up to heaven. His final words were not, “don’t you boys make me come back down here!” Nor were they “Peter? Peter, are you listening? I am keeping my eye on you.” Instead of warnings or threats, Jesus’ final words were a blessing. Grace got the last word.
That is how God operates. Yes, his word is filled with plenty of warnings regarding sin and the reality of hell. But for the disciples of Jesus, for those of us who have been brought to saving faith in our Lord, the last word is grace. Our Savior may have to call us out for some pattern of behavior, but his last word is mercy. A devotion or sermon or conversation might convict, but the last word is love. Our Father might discipline his beloved children with a rebuke, but that’s never where the conversation ends.
Jesus didn’t leave us with a curse. He left us with a blessing. Grace gets the last word.