Acts 13:43 , “Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God”
These parting words of Paul and Barnabas exhibit the concern they had for others. There are many things they could have said which, from a literary standpoint would have been more memorable. However, you cannot find any words more meaningful and applicable for a person’s spiritual welfare than “…continue in the grace of God”.
The application is, don’t stop being overwhelmed by God’s grace. Think about His grace throughout the day. Persist in His grace. Linger in your meditations on His grace. Just writing these words is creating a deep appreciation of God’s grace in my own heart. The Christian is “saved by (His) grace” (Eph. 2:5, 8). We are “comforted and strengthened in our hearts” by His grace (II Thess 2:15-16; Hebs 13:9). No wonder Paul and Barnabas “…persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.” Doing so was good for their spiritual health and understanding and a source of joy, strength, and comfort. Such meditations bring liberty and freedom from thoughts that our salvation is somehow dependent on “me”. And, knowing our salvation rests solely on God’s grace gives us a glimpse of His eternal love with which He has loved us.
Brothers and Sisters “continue in the grace of God.” Let these thoughts be the guiding principle in our lives.
All By Grace