Bookends of Grace
Paul’s letters contain a lot of instructions and corrections. “Do this” and “Don’t do that” are found throughout his writings to the young churches.
Consistent components of Paul’s writings were his opening and closing greetings in his letters. Like bookends, the instructions he gave were supported by pillars of grace. This was his signature communication style.
In the midst of the daily parenting and the “do this, don’t do that,” are we also communicating God’s grace consistently? To do this, we must first daily receive God’s grace in our own lives. Wake up to His grace, rest within His grace, and receive it afresh each day.
When we begin and end each day mindful of God’s grace toward us, we will understand better how our perfect God responds to His children’s imperfections. The result is that we will be better equipped to parent in a way where grace and truth are inseparable.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” - John 1:14
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
"Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9