To Be “Grace-full” as God is Gracious (Mon. Sept. 13)

The word of the day is “grace.”  We usually think of grace as the unmerited favor of God that saves us despite our sinfulness.  But today, we learn another sense of the essential term “grace.”  We will study how Paul uses the word to appeal to the generosity of his flock in Corinth.  And we will discover the logic behind the apostle’s teaching that we should be “grace-full” as God is gracious. The Grace of Generosity In today’s reading of 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Paul asks the congregation in Corinth to support his pet project, the relief of the poor in Jerusalem who are suffering from a famine.  The apostle states, “As you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge,…