This was the way Paul ended his second letter to believers in the city of Corinth.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
– 2 Corinthians 13:14
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” includes all the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of life that He gives us through His words. All this wisdom, knowledge, and understanding flows from His generosity. He is not stingy with these things…but we must want them. Otherwise, they never make their way deep into our hearts where they can grow…and change our lives for the better in the process.
“The love of God” is that which underlies all that the Lord does. It’s not just that He loves – He is love. He cannot do anything else. As we have seen the apostle John say:
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
– 1 John 4:16
“The fellowship of the Holy Spirit” is the camaraderie that is engendered when the words of Jesus are alive in our hearts. If we encounter God in the morning, but think no more about that encounter during the course of the day, then we deny ourselves the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Remember what James has told us:
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
– James 1:23-25
Your meditations in the morning are for your doing throughout the day. It’s fine to look in the mirror to make sure you’re presentable and then stop dwelling on your appearance as you go forth to the day, but a look into God’s word should not be as fleeting as that.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit through whom you nurture the thoughts of my mind throughout the day. I long for such fellowship with You…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)