I have a confession to make. I have contributed to the million dollar facial skin replenishment wave. Yes, I say to collagen replacement. Yes, I say to moisture replenishment. Yes, I say to wrinkle-free! But then, the words of the wise author of Proverbs 31:30 come to mind and I am set anew on my desire to be beautiful in God’s eyes alone. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Over the years, I have become keenly aware of the value of being a vessel of God’s grace. In essence, I have updated my confession. And my confession is this: Grace that emanates from the Word of God deposited in my heart is true wealth and true beauty. A glowing face that reflects God’s grace is priceless. It can only be found in an intimate relationship with the ultimate Giver of grace. A Grace Face reflects the attitudes of my heart. Once again, God’s Word comes to mind. Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Now there is a facial skin treatment worthy of my full investment!
In my passion for strengthening your faith and cultivating faith in the children in our midst, I offer three thoughts on biblical grace.
God’s Grace is essential. We cannot procure salvation for ourselves. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy (Titus 3:4). (See also Ephesians 2:8-9).
God’s Grace is sufficient. Though we are weak, we are strong. My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
God’s Grace frames our attitude. We portray what we believe. For out of the overflow of the heart a man or woman speaks (Luke 6:45).
Grace over our lives and in our hearts is reflected in our countenance. We can see this clearly in our children. Grace on a child’s face radiates an attitude of cooperation, obedience and gratitude. A Grace Face is a “yes” face. I encourage you to cultivate an attitude of grace in your children by assimilating the words of the Bible into your home life and into the hearts of your children. Bring God into the moment in your family (the essence of Faith Feedings…12 principles for nurturing your child’s spiritual development). Do not under estimate your influence on the heart attitudes of the next generation. Impart a Grace Face to each of your own. Certainly, doing so will promote peace within your walls and your SUV!
Now for the question of the day. Have you done a countenance check lately? Does your mirror reflect a Grace Face? Meditate on this age-defying remedy… The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord make his countenance shine upon you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26). Say “YES” to God’s unlimited grace.
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OPP (opportunity for action) Make faces with your kids. Ask them to show you a face of cooperation; a face that shows fear; a face that says love; a face that says, “I love God”; a face of gratitude; a face that says “yes”. Teach them to have eye contact, a smile, and a firm hand-shake. By all means, share with them what the Bible says about their outward appearance. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). May your beloved look in the mirror and see a reflection of God’s grace!