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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Devotional - Grace


Oh, I love Grace.  It is so amazing and beautiful to me.  Grace is God’s love in action. It is His doing for us the things that we cannot do for ourselves. Our Heavenly Father, with His infinite wisdom and love willingly extends that love to us, His children so that we can live with Him again.  
Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote that “God’s grace consists in his love, mercy, and condescension toward his children. All things that exist are manifestations of the grace of God. The creation of the earth, life itself, the atonement of Christ, the plan of salvation, kingdoms of immortal glory hereafter, and the supreme gift of eternal life—all these things come by the grace of him whose we are.” (Mormon Doctrine, 2d ed., Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966, pp. 338–39; italics in original.)

2 Nephi 11:5  And also my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers; yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death.

"[Grace is] the force that infuses our lives and keeps letting us off the hook. It is unearned love - the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It's the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there."

- Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies, Some Thoughts on Faith

2 comments:

  1. Sweet post on Grace! How grateful we should be for the grace of Christ in our lives. The Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ is the great gift of grace. Thanks for the thought and blessings to you!

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  2. I love that quote on grace - especially the phrase "unearned love". I've been contemplating that topic a lot lately, especially the world's interpretation of grace as an effortless, free ride to salvation. This is a great post.

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