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Musings 19, Grace

October 22, 2017

Grace – The love of God for mankind – and – the state of mind and spirit that is pleasing to God.

Life without grace? What a waste! We are saved by grace, not because we deserve saving. Grace is free, unearned, and available. Grace connects the spirit to infinity. It is given by God and returned to him.

“I’ll say grace,” said mother before Sunday dinner, and we bowed our heads dutifully, scarcely paying attention to the words. Grace is more than a quick thank you to God, a prayer. Even with a heart full of gratitude, that prayer is insufficient for the grace we receive from God. Grace is an attitude of love and acceptance as our widowed mother bravely carried on the responsibility of family. Perhaps we didn’t have much, but we had each other, and she knew God provided for widows and children.

I look at the antithesis of grace at Berkeley where students storm at each other, break windows and burn buildings. Can grace find a way into those hearts? Grace can’t be taught: it can only be modeled. We appreciate what we have and trust God to give us what we need. Grace enhances the giver. Life without grace would be sorry indeed.

(Psalm 19: 8-9) The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy.
(Lamentations 3: 23-24) The love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease.

(Ephesians 2: 8) For by grace we are saved, through faith and not of yourselves. It is the gift of God.

(Romans 8: 11) When the spirit of God is in you, he that raised Jesus from the dead shall quicken your mortal bodies. That spirit dwells in you.

 

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