Grace (part 2)

More on grace, from the Glory book–a continuation to yesterday’s post…

“Grace and sin are both known by their effects. Sin destroys. It advertises a community but assembles a wolf pack; it promises a party cruise, then sets sail on a ship that will sink. It spreads a banquet whose main course is the invited guests. Its work is fundamentally disintegrating; it controls by distraction and entrapment. Sin cannot create but dismantles, disrupts, removes. Sin takes; it never gives.

By contrast, grace aims resource at need. By far, the most breathtaking display of grace comes at the cross, when Jesus dies to save people. But grace does not stop at this. It continues to be available, shaping in those rescued by Jesus a new nature.

Grace’s impulse is to rescue, redeem, remake, restore. It meets wrecked lives and offers to get busy doing good. This is why we describe exhibitions of grace in terms of blessings, for grace is at its core and in its demonstration benevolent. Grace flows generally and broadly, exuded by God to the benefit of all. It also pours out in response to trouble, seeking and drawing hearts in need of and longing for repair and welcome. Its application is intentional and the acts of grace are lively, attractive and attracting, pressing forward and always in play. Grace fills a bright, appealing neighborhood in which people accustomed to gradual impoverishing by sin might want to live.

Those rescued by grace from sin’s death grip enter a realm where grace is both companion and teacher such that their lives are by it disciplined and enlarged. Then, in a move that defies understanding, God makes the targets of His grace agents of it as well. With grace, God fashions a virtuous cycle that redounds to His glory.

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