Thursday, October 17, 2013

deeper than anything we can imagine

One of the deepest things in all the world is the grace of God, at least in my opinion.  There may be other aspects of your relationship with God that consume your thoughts.  I love the sweetness of seeing God in nature like in the roar and wind of the waves or the beauty of rolling mountains.  Yet the grace of God makes my mind wonder even more.

By defining or trying to define and understand real grace we fall very short of what God did for us, how He loves us and desire He has for us.

Take some time today to take in some thoughts about the grace of God.  His grace is free to those who accept it.  His grace has and will continue to transform our lives.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”  ― Anonymous, Holy Bible: New International Version (see 2 Corinthians 9:8)

“Life is grace.  Sleep is forgiveness.  The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day's chalking.”  ― Frederick Buechner, The Alphabet of Grace

“Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace.  And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.”  ― Jerry Bridges

“Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.”  ― Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

“When grace moves in... guilt moves out”  ― Max Lucado, Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions

“God is not an employer looking for employees.  He is an Eagle looking for people who will take refuge under his wings.  He is looking for people who will leave father and mother and homeland or anything else that may hold them back from a life of love under the wings of Jesus.” ― John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God

“Not being changed by prayer is sort of like standing in the middle of a spring rain without getting wet.  It's hard to stand in the center of God's acceptance and love without getting it all over you.”  ― Steve Brown, Approaching God: Accepting the Invitation to Stand in the Presence of God

“By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”  ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

“Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us.”  ― Tullian Tchividjian

“The only man who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ.”  ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Grace has to be the loveliest word in the English language. It embodies almost every attractive quality we hope to find in others. Grace is a gift of the humble to the humiliated. Grace acknowledges the ugliness of sin by choosing to see beyond it. Grace accepts a person as someone worthy of kindness despite whatever grime or hard-shell casing keeps him or her separated from the rest of the world. Grace is a gift of tender mercy when it makes the least sense.”  ― Charles R. Swindoll

The grace of God is something that I pray revolutionizes the way we see and treat others because we acknowledge the way God sees, treats and loves us. 

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

NOTE: many of these quotes came from this website

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