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Insights on Grace
- Grace is the method of our reconciliation with God and peace is the result. It takes thoughts of God and the cultivation of divine grace and the exercise of our talents in His name to insure growth. — D. Carl Yoder, The Daily News, Huntingdon, Pa., May 26, 939.
- Grace is the beginning of every blessing and peace the end of all blessings. — D. Carl Yoder, The Daily News, Huntingdon, Pa., June 9, 1939.
- When one enters the realm of God’s grace, question marks are changed into exclamation points. — D. Carl Yoder, The Daily News, Huntingdon, Pa., June 14, 1940.
- Divine grace is the echo of the spirit’s trusting voice. — Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 22, 1934.
- Divine grace is the echo of prayer. — Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 12, 1936.
- Faith is a rainbow of divine grace, ascendant over human frustration. — Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 2, 1937.
- We need divine grace to keep from caring too much for the things that are passing, too little for those which are enduring. — Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 29, 1942.
- The Lord’s standing offer is one of unlimited divine grace to offset our human limitations. — Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 31, 1962.
- Nothing contributes more to self-improvement than divine grace; nothing contributes less than personal vanity. — Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 15, 1959.
- He will show the grace of God who knows the God of grace. — Elijah Powell Brown, Aberdeen Herald, Aberdeen, Wash., Feb. 5, 1903.
- God’s grace is great, but it cannot do much for the man who is only trying to be religious an hour or two a week. — Elijah Powell Brown, Austin Weekly Statesman, Austin, Texas, Jan. 2, 1896.
- Grace is the soul’s strengthening tonic that makes the affliction light. — F.W. Johnson, Madison County Leader and Observer, Morrisville, N.Y., Dec. 23, 1909.
- The throne of grace is reached by bending the knee rather than by standing on “tip-toe.” — Charlie Monroe Dickson, Watauga Democrat, Boone, N.C., Jan. 28, 1937.
- Religion is twofold. It is man reaching up in search of God. This upreach of man we call faith. It is also God reaching down in search of man. This effort of God to win man’s love and service, we call grace. — Charles M. Banning, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 28, 1931.
What is the meaning of “grace”? It means the loving help which God imparts to every soul. This divine help, however, is not exerted in such a way as to overrule man’s freedom. We can, if we will, thwart the grace of God. But whether we do or not it is being ceaselessly given. What would happen to our noble aspirations, our search for truth, our moral striving, if the unseen help they receive from the grace of God were removed? But for the patient insistence of the Holy Spirit, all that is finest in human experience would have been impossible. We “feel for” our friends. We give them moral support. So God aids us. He pours His grace into our hearts. — Howard V. Harper, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 19, 1938.
The mightiest force which God can employ in this world for its redemption is human sympathy. Human sympathy, sanctified by divine grace, is the mightiest power in this world to its redemption. With what dignity does that invest human life! To be a man! To have human sympathies and human infirmities, strengthened and uplifted by divine grace! To know that I am something and mean something in the great economy of God for the carrying out of his highest efforts! — Charles B. Galloway, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 16, 1899.
"But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18.) We must grow in grace, because holiness is development of the spirit and because Jesus Christ is the fountainhead of all grace. We must grow in character and strive to develop the powers, emotions and perfections of the human heart and of the human soul and to become as near like Christ as we possibly can. we must have springs of pleasure flowing from the satisfaction of trying to upbuild a stable and earnest character, spiritually, and with determination to grow steadily like Him who is perfect in character, life and mind. — Wallace T. Palmer, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Jan. 27, 1908.
Faith is a combination of confidence in God and commitment to God. In confidence or trust we recognize the truth of God's claim in Christ. This confidence resembles what we mean when we talk about "trusting another person." But faith is more than this confidence and trust. Faith describes the relationship of our lives committed to the God whom we trust. Grace is the hand that God reaches down from heaven, faith the hand that man reaches up from earth. Faith lays hold of God, but what is far more important, it gives God something to lay hold of. Grace is the hand that gives, faith is the hand that receives. The result is a way of life. — Edward B. Hollenbeck, The Louisiana Methodist, Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 17, 1964.
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- Grace is God in action—what He does Himself and what He does through people. God wants those who believe in Him "to maintain good works." (Titus 3:8.) By our words and works we make the grace of God "good and profitable to all men." (Titus 3:8.) — Oliver R. Harms, Lutheran Witness Reporter, St. Louis, Mo., July 23, 1967.
- Faith is the channel through which God's grace flows to us. It is faith that causes God's grace to become operative redemptively in our hearts. Faith also keeps grace flowing into our lives and appropriates it for daily living continually. Grace working in us through faith in Christ will cause us to renounce sin, ungodliness and worldly lusts. The grace of God cannot work redemptively in a heart that holds to an old life.— James T. Burrell, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 3, 1955.
- The task you are called upon to do may be difficult, as all great tasks are, but God’s grace and strength are equal to the difficulty. You will succeed if you lay hold on them. — Stephen J. Herben, The Epworth Herald, Chicago, Ill., July 7, 1906.
- A life of loving service seems to open the heart, so the grace of God can become effective. — Dan B. Brummett, The American Methodist, Stroud, Okla., June 20, 1906.
- The gracious dews of heavenly grace fall upon and fill only the hearts that are upturned. — John Wesley Holland, The Recorder, Catskill, N.Y., Jan. 2, 1931.
- The measure of grace that we receive from God is determined by our capacity to receive our readiness to use. — Thornton S. Wilson, The Presbyterian of the South, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 8, 1911.
- The man who does not hope to grow in grace and goodness every day needs to improve his hope. — A. Walton “Walt” Pearson, Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, Conn., Oct. 20, 1909.
Grace finds its appropriate expression in service. It shines forth in those good deeds which compel men to glorify our Father, which is in Heaven. Grace gave salvation, and grace, working graciously in the believer, leads him to give himself for service. Paul, writing to Titus, urged that "they which believe might be careful to maintain the good work." (Titus 3:8.) And let us learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. — J.B. Gambrell, The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., Feb. 11, 1909.
Gratitude is the most acceptable form of prayer. It has been called the respiration of the soul. As in every human breast there are two movements—the one that inhales the air, the other that exhales it after it has enriched the blood—so should there be in every soul two movements—the one receiving gifts from the Holy Spirit, which invigorates our inner life, the other pouring forth those gifts in the form of thanksgiving. Every blessing we enjoy in the order of grace is a gratuitous bounty of our Creator. — James Gibbons, Topeka State Journal, Topeka, Kan., June 5, 1910.
The command to “grow in grace” is not an indefinite or impractical teaching. It means to do more of those things that belong to grace. It entails the thinking less of self, the serving of others, the losing of one’s life, and the fulfilling of the Master’s plain commands. If you are doing this, you may know what that you are growing in grace. — William T. Ellis, The Daily Argus, Mount Vernon, N.Y., June 24, 1916.
God is a rewarder of them that seek Him. This is one of the fundamental laws of spiritual growth. If one would grow in the grace of God, he must seek His presence continually. Three paths by which you can know God intimately are daily scripture reading, regular prayer, and going about doing good. — A. Purnell Bailey, Stars and Stripes Pacific Edition, Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 15, 1956.
To be rightly built, our lives must be founded on the mountain of God’s eternal grace, on the salvation of His love and on the strength of His protecting and upholding providence. We must be built on the foundation of the prophets and apostles, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. We are building for judgment; let us prepare to meet our God. We are building for eternity; what we construct shall endure forever or be consumed with the end of time; let us build, not with wood and hay and stubble, but with gold and silver and precious gems. — Eugene P. Mickel, The Presbyterian of the South, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 9, 1911.
Prayer merits an increase of grace and glory, if it is daily made by a person in the state of grace. No matter how deep in sin we are, we can get out pronto by making an act of love of God and love of our neighbors for the love of Him, with contrition for our sins and firm purpose of amendment in our hearts. There is no need to remain out of the state of grace. Every good work of the just man proceeding from charity (love) merits an increase in grace and in glory. — Matthew John Wilfred Smith, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., Oct. 4, 1957.
God has promised grace when He said in His word: “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Also, “The grace of God hath appeared unto all men.” God’s grace will envelope us, will protect us from the evils of our day, and will come to our assistance in Divine deliverance. One thing we must remember: In order to be recipients of the grace of God, we must acknowledge this grace, which is unmerited favor, and contact God through the avenue of prayer so that He might be able to reach us with this grace. God is no respecter of persons. — Edward F. Lutz, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., April 16, 1955.
It is wise to cultivate that beautiful attribute–humility–which God gives us to enrich our lives. It is humility that makes life fertile. Nature shows us this. After a rainfall, where does the water settle? Not on the hilltops. No, it always seeks the low ground. In the same way, God's grace always seeks the gentle and the lowly. God's grace falls like a benediction, and finds its resting place where there is lowliness of spirit. — Henrietta Heron, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1941.
Under the Christian dispensation of grace—that is, of privilege—we are given wider liberty in order that we may by the Divine Spirit lift ourselves to a higher place than is possible under a system of compulsion. — C.B. Wilmer, Bolivar Breeze, Bolivar, N.Y., Feb. 13, 1902.
In the growth of faith, it constantly enlarges from a simple recognition of a divine Creator into the most perfect trust in His promises. The complementary phase of divine truth is the grace of God. It is a very important phase. For as faith marks the attitude of man towards God, so grace marks the attitude of God towards man. The great demand of grace is that the redeemed child of God is not to make alliance with the world, for “if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15.) And “what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?” And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-15.) — John R. Whitney, Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 24, 1901.
"Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ". (Ephesians 1:2.) "Grace" is the unmerited favor of God, but it has a wealth of Biblical connotation that makes it one of the richest words in the Christian vocabulary. It calls to mind the whole plan of salvation for sinful man; all the wonderful redemption which Christ purchased for us by His life of perfect obedience and His death in our place on the cross. Every blessing in the Christian treasure-house is included in the one word "grace," for nothing that a Christian can be, can do or can receive comes to him in any other way than by grace as unmerited gifts from God. "Peace" has a primary reference to the subjective state of mind of the believer, namely, that he has a peaceful heart; but the objective fact of peace with God as the cause of his internal state of tranquility is not to be excluded from the word. There can be no serenity nor tranquility for the man or woman who is not in Christ Jesus, but a "fearful looking forward to judgment” that takes away all internal peace from his heart. Too many times believers lack this inner state of tranquility that should be the hallmark of a Christian. We try to bear our own burdens rather than bring them to Christ, and worry is the only possible result. Then notice that grace and peace come to us from both the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Both are the source of all spiritual blessings because both are truly God, and both are concerned in everything that concerns the believer's welfare. — Floyd E. Hamilton, The Presbyterian Guardian, Philadelphia, Pa., March 25, 1942.
No man can be prepared for great achievements in life until he translates his life into the language of heaven and sees his destiny in the light of heaven’s call. … The most lasting achievements of this life have been wrought by those who, conscious of their own weakness and the greatness of their task, have felt themselves girded with superhuman strength and who have had ready access through prayer to the throne of all power. Every Christian needs to seek grace; otherwise he will lead an unhappy life, his words will be empty, and he will add to the sum of that empty possession which does not influence the world and at which the devil laughs. If we expect to achieve true greatness we shall never do so by aiming at it as the direct result. The command to seek first the kingdom of God is coupled with the promise that all rightful things shall be added, and this is the law of growth in grace. But he that exalteth himself shall be abased. This is the irrevocable law of the household of God. So often we feel unfit to pray, and then seem to regard a cleansing to be necessary before we can approach the throne of grace. May we be so thoroughly refrained from sinning and to maintain such a constant communion with heaven that the line of communication is never broken. … It is such lives that prove a blessing to others, and to whom the hungry hearts of the people turn. Such blessedness is not possible to him who does not live moment by moment in the fear and favor of God. It is the life of faith, purity and obedience that knows heaven and that can show others the way — William J. Williamson, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 21, 1901.
The law of reaping according to the see we sow and of reaping in proportion to the quality and quantity of the seed sown is also to be supplemented by the law of the necessity of systematic giving. One of the sweetest and most cheerful and inspiring promises of the Bible is found in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “God is able.” He is able to make all grace abound, and He does this “to the bountiful giver.” Nothing more surely limits the measure of grace that we receive than our penurious, niggardly giving (see Philippians 4:19). This giving of grace is “in order that ye always having all sufficiency in all things may abound unto every good work.” God’s abundant grace is bestowed upon us that we may work for others, and live abounding, sufficient lives in everything. How poor indeed our lives must appear when measured by the standard of this verse. Literally this is “hilarious giving.” God love the full-souled, hilarious giver who gives time and money. Such giving is like unto God’s giving, who gave His only begotten Son. If we sow as God provides, He will multiply the seed for sowing and increase the fruits of our righteousness. If we do not sow, He will cease to supply. This liberality will work through us to others and thanksgiving to God on the part of those who receive (see 2 Corinthians 9:11). Such giving abounds to His honor and glory through the many thanksgivings which it will occasion (see Hebrews 13:15). The more we give, the more God will increase our power to give, and in this way we will be enriched in everything unto all liberality (see Proverbs 11:24-25). The church in Jerusalem, when the saints of Corinth had given proof by the ministration to their need, would glorify God for the obedience of the saints in Corinth and their confession of the gospel of Christ, and also for the liberality of their contribution unto them (see 2 Corinthians 9:13). They would repay their generosity with prayer (see 2 Corinthians 9:14) and they would long after them by reason of the grace of God which was in them. Paul’s words about our giving with thanksgiving for His unspeakable gift (see 2 Corinthians 8:9)—the unspeakable gift of God, Jesus Christ (see John 3:16; Romans 8:32)—is an exhortation to us. Nothing should so move us to give to others as the thought of what God has given of his very best and dearest for us. — Ernest Orlando Sellers, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Aug. 10, 1916.
Consecration is the voluntary surrender or self-offering of the heart, by the constraint of love to be the Lord’s. The literal translation of the old Hebrew word to consecrate is “to fill the hand.” It suggests the deepest truth in connection with sanctification, that Christ Himself must be the substance and supply of our new spiritual life and fills us with His own spiritual life and fills us with His own spirit and holiness. … Even our consecration itself must look to Him for grace to make it faultless and acceptable. Even our will must be purified and kept single and supremely fixed on Him, by His continual grace. Our purity must be the imparting of His life, our peace, His peace within us, our love the love of God shed abroad in our hearts. Our very faith, which receives all His grace, must be continually supplied from His own spirit. We bring to Him but an empty hand, clean and open, and He fills is. We are but a capacity and He is the supply. We give ourselves to Him fully, understanding that we do not pledge the strength or goodness required to meet our consecration, but that we take Him for all, and He takes us, fully recognizing the responsibility for which He assumes to make us all that He requires and keep us in all His perfect will as we let Him through the habit of a full surrender. What an exquisite rest this gives to the trusting heart and what an infinite grace on His part to meet us on such terms and bear for us so vast a responsibility. The Lord is the Author and Finisher of our faith and the true attitude of the consecrated heart is that of a constant yielding and constant receiving. It is here that the gradual phase of sanctification comes in. Commencing with a complete separation from evil and dedication to God is not advances into all the fullness of Christ and grows up to the measure of the stature of perfect manhood in Him, until every part of our being and every part of our life is filled with God and becomes a channel to receive and a medium to reflect His grace and glory. — A.B. Simpson, The Christian Alliance and Missionary Weekly, New York, N.Y., Feb. 21, 1890.
The heat and drought of summer may be sweltering, but what is more depressing to the whole man than a heart without an outlook and without a spirit at rest? Dissatisfied, heavy, distrustful of the future, foreboding, tossed to and fro by the disquieting influences we meet at so many times of life. In the midst of it all, how refreshing to the heart is the word of God, which searches out the depths of the soul and at once calls the child of God to repentance and applies the healing balm of His promises and the positive consciousness of His grace. How restful it is to know peace with God; the heart leaps at the consciousness of being right in the eyes of God. What the world may think will make no difference. How refreshing is the outpouring of God’s grace and assurance. And unlike the showers from the clouds, we do not have to wait for the natural conditions to bring them. Would you like to make it rain just when you wanted it? You can do greater things than that, for Christ’s refreshing for the thirsty soul is always at hand. And as the life is greater than the corn so the blessing of God on the life is greater than that on the field. These blessed showers are obtained by waiting on God, by approaching Him in desire and expectation, by calling upon Him. It is God’s great pleasure to comfort and bless His children. Your pure love goes out to your children, you like to please them, and the happiness of paternal affection is deep; how much it is true with the Father of us all. He has sent His Spirit into the world for this purpose. These showers of spiritual refreshment are drawn from God’s word, and from worship in His house and with the saints. If men knew the value of worship to their own lives, and the blessedness of worshiping with the saints, they would not be so careless. It would interfere with their worldly pleasure seeking, but their soul would grow, whereas they are dying. Happy is he who is filled with the fullness of God. — Charles R. Lowe, Dakota County Herald, Dakota City, Neb., Aug. 17, 1916.