My theme earlier this year has been to walk with grace, creating beauty with my life. Now, through God my heart swells, and I seek to leave a golden trail of God’s glory behind me in everything I do.
One of the main ways this is done is to rely on HIS strength and capability, not my own. I have been reading II Corinthians for the past week, and it is awesome! I am so impressed by the way Paul says over and over that he can only do things through God.
Here are a couple of the verses I’ve been looking at:
“Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.” II Cor 1:12
- Integrity and Godly sincerity: simplicity, graciousness, pure inner motives. It is walking in beauty in my interactions with others. There is no artifice, no manipulation. Everything comes from a place of love and faith. My only motive can be for the betterment of the other person, and to spread the aroma of Christ.
- God’s grace. This is the only way our interactions with others will go as they should — that we conduct them in the grace of God, and not by our own power. This past week my daughter told me it must feel good to have done a good job of raising my kids. I told her I felt much more that it is by God’s grace that they turned out well. Later in II Corinthians Paul will say, “Your grace is sufficient.” GRACE is what I need throughout the day. GRACE is what sustains me, like a life preserver on the stormy seas.
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” II Cor 1:20
- The trail of glory is manifested as we see how Christ fulfills God’s rich and varied promises. Because of Christ, we can approach God. We can have His dwelling in our hearts to give us inner strength and righteousness. He makes a way for us to come to be with Him forever. He intercedes for us. He does whatever we ask in His name. We have every spiritual blessing through Him. “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.” Acts 13:32
- Thus we should constantly praise God with utter joy in our hearts, “Amen! Your promises are true! You are faithful. What you are giving us is amazing!”
A golden trail of glory…
Acts of service
Death to self
Touches of love
A word of encouragement
Joy and thankfulness
Believing the best of others
Seeing people as treasures