“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus…” 1 Corinthians 1:4
Before Paul started to address the issues of the early Corinthian church, he deliberately and lovingly reminded the church in Corinth of a truth that perhaps has once again slipped through the cracks of our basic Christian foundation.
One of Paul’s first priorities was to let the believers in Corinth know that he was always thankful for the grace of God in their lives given to them by Christ Jesus. Before he would address the issues that were present in the church, he wanted to remind them of the common ground that they shared found in the saving grace of God.
The common ground we have as true believers is that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. That grace is a gift given to us by God. It is that blessing of saving grace, that common ground, that true believers share and like Paul, it should be a touchstone in our mind as we live and serve our risen Savior together. As redeemed believers we share the truth of our salvation and we should thank God always for that truth.
Take time today to thank God for the joy, the blessing, and the truth of the grace of God given to us as believers in Christ Jesus. Then let other believers know that you are thankful for the grace of God that was given to them by Christ Jesus! Then go out and share the truth of the grace of God with someone else!