Weekly Grace

Meditation scripture and inspirational nuggets

The weekly meditation scripture and inspirational nugget are designed to encourage you in your walk with God, strengthen your faith and give you a specific scripture to meditate on all week long. To get the most out of these weekly scriptures, we encourage you to keep them before you every day and apply them to your life and circumstances. Declare them daily and stay focused on them until you experience true results.

FOR THE WEEK OF January 30, 2017

Grace-based Relationships

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Relationships make life meaningful and fulfilling, yet the fall of Adam and Eve allowed sin to tarnish those relationships. God’s original plan assigned equal authority to men and women; but almost from the beginning, Adam and Eve’s mistake caused the spread of male domination and a spirit of oppression. To fix the problem, Jesus came to earth to re-establish the balance and restore gender equality. Jesus was God’s grace in human form, and the truths He preached eliminated barriers and reunited people.

At one point in His ministry, Jesus deliberately had a long conversation with the outcast Samaritan woman at the well to emphasize the point that everyone matters to God, even women. The woman’s testimony of her meeting with Christ caused many to believe. Jesus used her in a powerful way to reach many others, because He wanted to reinforce the message that God will show favor to everyone who accepts Him, regardless of gender. In a patriarchal society, this concept went completely against the prevailing thought patterns.

Many people see God as exclusively male, but He is actually a Spirit. Although He has no gender, He does have female as well as male characteristics. For example, in the Old Testament, wisdom, which is a godly trait and a spiritual gift, is described in feminine terms.

Because of what Jesus did, we no longer have to form relationships based on worldly expectations. Men, as well as women, are freed from constrictive, unhealthy requirements based on the Law of Moses. Everyone now has the liberty to follow God’s call on their lives, regardless of gender. We all realize our full potential when we let grace guide us in all our relationships.

Prayer:

Father God, I acknowledge that Jesus came to restore Your original plan for men and women, and it cost Him His very life to do so. I realize that by believing the Word of God concerning relationships, I will be blessed and empowered to fulfill Your plan for my life. In Jesus’ name, I thank You for what You did for me. Amen.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1:26-28

John 1:17

John 4:4-39

Proverbs 4:5-13

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