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Grace



  
Grace is but glory begun,
and glory is but grace perfected.

Jonathan Edwards

   

I 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 elseís standard of performance.  He loves me completely, thoroughly, and perfectly.  Thereís nothing I can do to add or detract from that love.      -Mary Graham

   

Grace 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.       -Sue Patton Thoele

   
Grace, the unmerited favor and love from God, enters our lives when we don't know how we'll get by.       -Susan Santucci
   

The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail.      -Ramakrishna

   
I 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 God.      -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    

The moment of grace comes to us in the dynamics of any situation 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 our having been there.  We catch it if we are people of discernment.       -Lewis B. Smedes

  
It is not in virtue of its liberty that the human will attains to grace, it is much rather by grace that it attains to liberty.       -Saint Augustine

    
Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin.  Grace is unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God.       -Thomas Merton
   

Grace 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 are accepted."        -Paul Johannes Tillich

   

The grace of God is in my mind shaped like a key, that comes from time to time and unlocks the heavy doors.       -Donald Swan

    
God is spreading grace around in the world like a five-year-old 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.       -Donna Schafer
   
Grace is when God gives us what we donít deserve, and mercy is when God doesnít give us what we do deserve.       -Dan Roberts
   

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.       -Wayne Muller

    

One of the noblest words in our language is "grace," defined as "unearned blessing."  We live by grace far more than by anything else.  Accordingly, I find that the one thing which I want to put into practice in my own life is the conscious and deliberate habit of finding someone to thank.       -Elton Trueblood

    
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.       -Simone Weil
    

It is the nature of grace always to fill spaces that have been empty.      -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    

Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.       -John Stoot

    
We cannot get grace from gadgets.        -J. B. Priestley
    

Let 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 same.

Charles R. Swindoll

    

   
All people who live with any degree of serenity live by some assurance of grace.     -Reinhold Niebuhr
  
What is grace?  I know until you ask me; when you ask me, I do not know.     -Saint Augustine
  
The wind of Godís grace is incessantly blowing.  Lazy sailors on the sea of life do not take advantage of it.  But the active and strong always keep the sails of their minds unfurled to catch the favorable winds and thus reach their destination very soon.     -Mohandas Gandhi
  
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.     -Tennessee Williams, Memoirs
  
The way of grace is mysterious.  You struggle for it and you do not get it.  Sometimes, without any struggle, you get it.  Its working is governed by something beyond all laws.  It is not bound by any rules, regulations, or conditions.     -Papa Ramdas
  
Grace is the mastery of truth, the teacher of discipline, the light of the heart, the comforter of affliction, the banisher of sorrow, the nurse of devotion.     -Thomas a Kempis
   
  
The growth of grace is like the polishing of metals.  There is first an opaque surface; and by and by you see a spark darting out, then a strong light; till at length it send back a perfect image of the sun that shines upon it.     -Edward Payson
  
Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world:  first a dawning, then a light, and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.     -Thomas Adams
  
Grace is always sufficient, provided we are ready to cooperate with it.  If we fail to do our share, but rather choose to rely on self-will and self-direction, we shall not only get no help from the graces bestowed on us, we shall actually make it impossible for further graces to be given.     -Aldous Huxley
  
Grace is a word which is pregnant with so much divine power and glory that it defies definition.  In brief, it may be described as the love and power of God.  Such a love is ever pouring on all mankind, nay, on all creation, because this love and power dwells in and permeates all animate and inanimate objects.     -Papa Ramdas
  
The amount of grace which one receives is proportional to the degree to which one surrenders.  If you surrender completely, then you will receive enough grace to realize the Self.     -Lakshmana
  
There is a force, the mechanics of which we do not fully understand, that seems to operate routinely in most people to protect and to foster their mental and physical health even under the most adverse conditions.  The religious have applied to it the name of grace.     -M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
  
Grace, like water, descends to the lowest part.     -Philip Yancey
  
Grace is not something outside of you.  In fact, your very desire for grace is due to grace that is already working in you.  Grace is the Self.  It is not something to be acquired.  All that is necessary is to know its existence.     -Ramana Maharshi
  

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