II Peter 3:14-18
Key Verse: Verse 18 –"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."
Key Words: But grow in grace
The word grace means to be a benefit in one’s disposition. In other words, as we grow spiritually, we become more gracious toward others.
Gracious means pleasant, kind, compassionate, merciful.
Tess, an eight-year-old, heard her mom and dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. He was very sick and only a very expensive surgery could save his life. Tess quickly took her piggy bank from its hiding place, and ran down to the drug store.
The pharmacist was talking to his brother from Chicago. Tess interrupted by saying, “I want to talk to you about my brother. He’s really sick and I want to buy a miracle.” The pharmacist’s brother stooped down and asked Tess, “What kind of miracle does your brother need?” “I don’t know,” Tess replied, “but he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. My parents don’t have money to pay for it, so I want to use my money.” “How much do you have in your jar?” asked the man from Chicago. “One dollar and eleven cents,” Tess said proudly. “That’s all the money I have.” “Well, you are in luck,” the man said with a smile. “One dollar and eleven cents is the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.”
The brother was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, who just happened to be a noted neurosurgeon. The operation was successfully completed without charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Tess’s mom and dad wondered how much it would have cost. Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much this miracle had cost, one dollar and eleven cents plus, the skill and graciousness of a great doctor; and of course, the gracious, sacrificial love of an eight-year-old big sister!
What to do:
✞ Our graciousness or lack of it reveals our spiritual maturity.
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