“Overflowing Grace”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. (2 Corinthians 8:1–2)

When Paul is writing about the “churches of Macedonia”, he’s probably talking about the church in Philippi. We believe that is where Paul was when he wrote to the Corinthians.
It was in Philippi where Paul cast a demon out of a young slave girl and ended up in jail with Silas. Beaten and locked in the stocks, they were singing and praising God at midnight when an earthquake hit, the prison doors flung open, and a Philippian jailer asked what he needed to do to be saved (Acts 16). The church in Philippi was well acquainted with persecution and difficulty. They were not a wealthy church, but they were a gracious church. They were gracious because they had tasted of the grace of Jesus, and they were overflowing in how they expressed grace to others. Their “grace” even showed up in how they gave financially to support Paul, even though they were poor.
When life it difficult, we can sometimes act like turtles and crawl into our shell for protection. Yet that is not how we have to act. When we have experienced the love and grace that God has for us, it ought to overflow us so much that we just can’t help but love and serve others. May your life reflect the grace that God has shown you.