Friday, October 14, 2011

We can't handle it

"Nothing is more difficult for us to get our minds around than the unconditional grace of God. It offends our deepest sensibilities. We are actually conditioned against unconditionality - we are told in a thousand different ways that accomplishment precedes acceptance and achievement precedes approval." ~ Tullian Tchividjian

"Only in the gospel does love precede loveliness. Everywhere else loveliness precedes love." ~ Tullian Tchividjian

"Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. Grace is being loved when you are unlovable." ~ Paul Zahl

"Grace is wild. Grace unsettles everything. Grace overflows the banks. Grace messes up your hair. Grace is not tame. In fact, unless we are making the devout nervous, we are not preaching grace as we ought." ~ Doug Wilson

"Christianity is not the move from vice to virtue, but rather the move from virtue to grace." ~ Gerhard Forde

By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” ~ Ephesians 2:8-9

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