You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
By David Wilkerson
One question has been at the forefront of my mind in recent weeks. I believe it's a question every sincere believer must ask himself continually: Am I growing in grace?
To me, grace is Holy Ghost empowerment to become more like Jesus. Therefore, to grow in grace means to increase in Christ-likeness through the unmerited power of God's Spirit. Now let's rephrase my question in these terms: "Am I relying on the Holy Spirit to make me more like Jesus - in my home, my ministry, my relationships?"
Here is one way to tell if you're growing in grace: God has been merciful to you -- so, have you in turn been merciful to others? If you're not sure, ask yourself: How do you respond to the hurts others cause you? Are you kind and gentle? Or do you grow angry and bitter? Are you patient and understanding, or irritable and argumentative?
So, examine your life carefully. And remind yourself of these definitions: Grace is Holy Ghost empowerment to become more like Jesus. And growing in grace is increasing in the likeness of Christ through the power of the Spirit. Finally, keep asking the question: "Am I growing more like Jesus by trusting the power of the Holy Ghost?"