The Struggle for Grace

a stanley“Grace. It’s what I crave most when my guilt is exposed. The very thing I’m hesitant to extend when I’m confronted with the guilt of others — especially when their guilt has robbed me of something I consider valuable.” Andy Stanley, “The Grace of God”

Contrary to what we often imply, the opposite of grace is not the Law. The Law as defined by Scripture is an extension of the amazing grace of God. How then do we define the opposite of grace? Is it not best described as the very absence of grace itself? “As we have freely received… let us freely give.”

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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13 Responses to The Struggle for Grace

  1. Maybe justice might be the opposite of grace.

  2. Amen! We who have been shown Grace have a debt to pay that requires us to give Grace to others.

  3. I’d agree a good definition of the opposite of grace would be its absence – and also that the absence of the grace of God is the wrath of God. Either we are under His grace, or we are under His wrath. There is no in-between.

    As someone has put it:
    If we do not YIELD to the LOVE of God
    And be CHANGED by the GRACE of God,
    there is NO WAY to ESCAPE the WRATH of God.

  4. Reblogged this on Feed My Sheep and commented:
    An extremely well thought out statement.

  5. hankcr says:

    I don’t think I would use Andy Stanley as an example of anything. The man can’t even figure out that homosexuality is an abomination before God. See Mohler’s article here: http://www.christianpost.com/news/is-the-megachurch-the-new-liberalism-74152/

  6. alwayzhis says:

    Very good! Speechless here! Lately I’ve been trying to explain in words God’s unfathomable grace… as for the opposite; you said the absence of grace and that’s a wonderful to qualify it. Why are we, as God’s chosen, blood bought, forgiven children and followers of Jesus Christ sharing this with the “world”?
    Thank you for the post and much blessings!
    Stephanie

  7. I agree. Great thought. If we start trying to define grace we’ll never get there. If we give grace as we receive it, we will be blessed by it. I like meditating on the opposite of grace is to be without it. Very well spoken.

  8. camgal says:

    Incredible

  9. lambskinny says:

    The opposite of grace is wrath.

  10. literary lew says:

    I like that. Very well stated.

  11. Eric Alagan says:

    Very true – the opposite of Grace is its absence

    Peace, Eric

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