Ponderings: Grace

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by: Denise Robinson

01/03/2022

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Louis Cassels, a religious columnist, once wrote: "Catholics think of grace as a supernatural power which God dispenses, primarily through the Church and its sacraments, to purify the souls of naturally sinful beings, and render them capable of holiness .... Protestants think of grace as an attribute of God rather than a gift from God. It is a shorthand term signifying God's determination to love, forgive, and save His human children, however little they deserve it."


Which do you find more compelling? If you find yourself going back and forth, unable to decide because you keep saying "yes" to both, you are a Methodist! John Wesley believed grace to be an attribute of God because grace is part of God's essential character; and it was this grace that led Christ to come to earth to live and die for us. But just as important, Wesley believed that grace is a gift from God which we receive in numerous ways (including through the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion); and the grace we receive enables us to live transformed lives as we extend the grace we have received to others. This transformation is called the process of sanctification (by which we are made holy). 

When you look at your life, where do you see grace?
Louis Cassels, a religious columnist, once wrote: "Catholics think of grace as a supernatural power which God dispenses, primarily through the Church and its sacraments, to purify the souls of naturally sinful beings, and render them capable of holiness .... Protestants think of grace as an attribute of God rather than a gift from God. It is a shorthand term signifying God's determination to love, forgive, and save His human children, however little they deserve it."


Which do you find more compelling? If you find yourself going back and forth, unable to decide because you keep saying "yes" to both, you are a Methodist! John Wesley believed grace to be an attribute of God because grace is part of God's essential character; and it was this grace that led Christ to come to earth to live and die for us. But just as important, Wesley believed that grace is a gift from God which we receive in numerous ways (including through the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion); and the grace we receive enables us to live transformed lives as we extend the grace we have received to others. This transformation is called the process of sanctification (by which we are made holy). 

When you look at your life, where do you see grace?
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