J. B. Priestley
began to comprehend that grace means God accepts me just as I am.
He does not require or insist that I measure up to someone
standard of performance.
He loves me completely, thoroughly, and
Thereís nothing I can do to add or detract from that
is goodness and respect given freely and unconditionally. A sense of divine love and protection bestowed on us when
we need strength and renewal. Grace helps us know we are
not alone and believe we are cared for and cherished. Grace is a drink of clear, clean water in the desert.
would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which
I could function and give as I was meant to give in the eye of
It is the nature of grace always to fill spaces that have been
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The moment of grace comes to us in the dynamics of
we walk into. It is an opportunity that God
sews into the fabric
of a routine situation. It is a chance
to do something creative,
something helpful, something healing,
something that makes one
unmarked spot in the world better off for
been there. We catch it if we are people of
Lewis B. Smedes
Grace is love that cares and
stoops and rescues.
Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter
where there is
a void to receive it, and it is grace itself, which
makes this void.
One of the noblest words
our language is "grace,"
blessing." We live by
grace far more
anything else. Accordingly,
I find that the one thing
which I want to put into
practice in my own life
is the conscious and
habit of finding
someone to thank.
This is what I have learned: Within the sorrow,
there is grace.
When we come close to those things that break us
down, we touch
those things that also break us open.
|Grace is when God gives us what we donít deserve,
and mercy is when God doesnít give us what we do deserve.
Grace is but
and glory is but grace perfected.
strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. . . .
Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our
darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: "You
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is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered
into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin.
unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God.
The grace of God is in my mind shaped like a key,
from time to time and unlocks the heavy doors.
is not in virtue of its liberty that the human will attains to
it is much rather by grace that it attains to liberty.
The winds of grace are
but you have to raise the sail.
|Grace, the unmerited favor and love from God,
enters our lives when we don't know how we'll get by.
me describe four practical expectations you can anticipate
as you get a firm grip on grace.
First, you can expect to gain a greater appreciation
for God's gifts to you and others. What
gifts? Several come to mind. The free gift of
salvation. The gift of life. The gift of
laughter, of music, of beauty, of friendship, of
forgiveness. Those who claim the freedom God offers
gain an appreciation for the gifts that come with life.
Second, you can expect to spend less time and energy
critical of and concerned about others' choices.
Wouldn't that be a refreshing relief? When you get a
grasp on grace--when you begin to operate in a context of
freedom--you become increasingly less petty. You
will allow others room to make their own decisions in
life, even though you may choose otherwise.
Third, you can expect to become more tolerant and less
judgmental. Externals will not mean as much to
you. You'll begin to cultivate a desire for
authentic faith rather than endure a religion based on
superficial performance. You will find yourself so
involved in your own pursuit of grace, you'll no longer
lay guilt trips on those with whom you disagree.
Fourth, you can expect to take a giant step toward
maturity. As your world expands, thanks to an
awakening of your understanding of grace, your maturity
will enlarge. Before your very eyes, new vistas will
open. It will be so transforming, you will never be the
is something you can never get but only be given.
There's no way to earn it or deserve it or bring it about
any more than you can deserve the taste of raspberries and
cream or earn good looks or bring about your own birth.
A good night sleep is grace and so are good
tears are grace. The smell of rain is grace. Somebody
you is grace. Have you ever tried to love somebody? .
The grace of God means something like: Here is
You might never have been, but you are because the party
wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world.
Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be
am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I
created the universe. I love you.
There's only one catch. Like any other gift,
the gift of
grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it.
Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift,
God is spreading grace around in the world like a
spreads peanut butter: thickly, sloppily,
eagerly, and if we
are in the back shed trying
to stay clean, we
won't even get a taste.