As we touched on yesterday, it’s not enough to “see” the good in another – or even imagine it – but, like our Father in Heaven, we must “say” it too – to our spouses, our children, or anyone who falls under our influence. We must lead them with love and affirmation.
- The Father blessed every corner of His creation, and everything in between
- He blessed His crowning achievement – Man and Woman – and ascribed worth, purpose, destiny and promise to them, making them His image-bearers on earth
- He called out Abram from a depraved country, blessed him, called him His friend, and positioned him where the Gospel would be sent out from
- Abraham’s tribe would become a nation, birthed out of great tribulation, and when the people were ready to establish themselves as His Light-bearers to the nations, He blessed them
- They failed in their global task, so God raised up a new nation of redeemed people, a priestly Kingdom … and commenced their mission with a full, final and irrevocable blessing
This is our template as His own priestly people. Just as the Father blesses His own children and emissaries throughout scripture, and as Aaron blessed the nation of Israel at the end of Numbers 6, so are we to act in a priestly manner and speak blessing-words over our families and one another in the fellowship of the saints.
The blessing, as you can clearly see from its use in scripture, anticipates and precedes a move of God in the life of the receiver. Inherent in the blessing is the catalyst for ‘what’s next‘.
This is its beauty and importance – and why we should be unapologetically earnest in imparting the blessing to one another!
Paul, the chief apostle to the Church, was a master at it. His letters are fairly painted over with life-giving affirmations.
Eric McKiddie has ‘blessed’ us with a listing of 28 Doxologies and Benedictions From The New Testament. As you can see, most are Pauline blessings but other apostolic affirmations are found as well.
These are perfect word-gifts to speak over your class or congregation, and to include in texts, cards, or emails.
- Rom. 8:38-39 – For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Rom. 11:33, 36 – Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
- Rom. 15:5-6 – May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Rom. 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
- 1 Cor. 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
- 2 Cor. 13:11 – Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
- 2 Cor. 13:14 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
- Gal. 6:18 – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
- Eph. 3:17-19 – (May) Christ dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
- Eph. 3:20-21 – Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
- Eph. 6:23-24 – Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.
- Phil. 4:7 – (May) the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Col. 3:15 – And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
- Col. 3:16-17 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
- 1 Th. 3:12-13 – May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
- 1 Th. 5:23-24 – Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
- 2 Th. 2:16-17 – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
- 1 Tim. 1:17 – To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
- 1 Tim. 6:15b-16 – He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
- Philem. 25 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
- Heb. 13:20-21 – Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
- 2 Pet. 3:18 – (May you) grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
- 2 John 3 – Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.
- Jude 24-25 – Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
- Rev. 1:5b-6 – To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
- Rev. 5:12, 13 – Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing! …To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!
- Rev. 7:12 – Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.
- Rev. 22:20-21 – He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
My father in the faith has compiled blessings for every day of the week which can be spoken over your loved ones, and a friend has copied them in business card format. I keep them with me everywhere I go and often speak them over my bride.*
I’ll conclude by sharing some helpful blessings I’ve come across; the first, only recently and the final one I’ve used a great number of times, speaking it over groups and congregations with whom I’ve been blessed to share:
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
And the Blessing of God, who Creates, Redeems, and Sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more.
And this hard-charging benediction, from William Sloane Coffin —
The LORD make His face shine upon you and give you grace;
Grace not to sell yourself short–
Grace to risk something GREAT for something good–
Grace enough to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but TRUTH…and too small for anything but the Love of Christ!
“So, may God take your minds and think through them–
May God take your lips and speak through them–
May God take your hands and work His Kingdom through them–
May God take your hearts – and through Christ Jesus – SET THEM ON FIRE!”
If there are special blessing-words you share with your loved ones, I’d love for you to include them in your comments below, or by contacting me via email.
Please allow me to conclude with this ancient priestly blessing from Psalms 121:
The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.
*If you’d like a copy of the scripture blessings, just email me and I’ll be delighted to send them to you electronically.