April 18, 2007

In Everything, Grace

“Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace.”—Augustine of Hippo
“Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.”Karl Barth
“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. 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 afraid. I 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 too.”—Frederick Buechner
“As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their luster. The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect His people.”—Thomas Guthrie
“What a wonderful thing it is to be sure of one’s faith! How wonderful to be a member of the evangelical church, which preaches the free grace of God through Christ as the hope of sinners! If we were to rely on our works . . . what would become of us?”
George Frederick Handel
“Grace means the free, unmerited, unexpected love of God, and all the benefits, delights, and comforts which flow from it. It means that while we were sinners and enemies we have been treated as sons and heirs.”—R.P.C. Hanson
“Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”—Abraham Lincoln
“I guess grace doesn’t have to [be] logical. If it did, it wouldn’t be grace.”—Max Lucado
“Today, God loves the world through us, His children of grace. Christ is ‘in’ us and we are ‘in’ Christ. Christ is loving people and reaching out to them through us. He is making His appeal through us. He is reconciling people to Himself through us!”—Mark McGee
“God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”—Reinhold Niebuhr
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”—Apostle Paul (Eph. 2:8, 9)
“God’s gift is . . . indescribable because of the grace by which it is given. God, who is rich in mercy, gave the world the gift of His dear Son while we were at enmity with Him. . . . Therefore, in Him we are freely given all things: redemption, forgiveness of sins, righteousness, peace, hope, wisdom and knowledge.”—Paul Sadler
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. . . . So that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”—Titus (Titus 3:4, 5, 7)
“The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.”—Unknown
“As the grace grows nearer my theology is growing strangely simple, and it begins and ends with Christ as the only Savior of the lost.”—Henry Benjamin Whipple
“Everyone in whose heart Christ abides, everyone who will show forth His love to the world, is a worker together with God for the blessing of humanity. As [they] receive from the Savior grace to impart to others, from [their] whole being flows forth the tide of spiritual life.”—Ellen G. White (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 13)