The Accidental Pharisee

Monday, April 7, 2008

Wouldn't You Know It?

"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live." ~ Jackie Windspear

I'm in a Bible study with some friends. We've decided to study the topic of grace.
Timely, isn't it?
As an Accidental Pharisee On Her Way to Retirement, I have a lot to say about grace.
I have a lot to learn about grace.
I noticed one thing tonight as we discussed grace: Whenever you talk about grace, you end up talking about Pharisees. You really can't talk about one without talking about the other. The Pharisees "got" the Law--but they didn't get grace. And that's why Jesus made them so angry. Jesus was all about grace.
Being a good do-er, i.e. tell me what I need to do to be a good Christian--I learned the approved definition of grace: unmerited favor. Knowing the definition and living a life of grace are two very different things. I'm just beginning to learn that.
I discovered a new definition of grace, and I like this one better.
"Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace." (Donald Barnhouse, Bible scholar.)
Love that stoops is grace.

Just a Thought: We Accidental Pharisees get so caught up in what we're supposed to do and not do--and making sure somebody is noticing what we're doing or not doing--that we totally miss what God did for us. He offers us grace. The Bible says He lavishes us with grace (Ephesians 1:8). He loves us enought to stoop down and to offer us grace.

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  • Well said. I want to know more about grace.

    You offer grace all the time to me, Beth.

    By Blogger Tiffany Stuart, At April 9, 2008 at 6:58 AM  

  • Beth, OK, now I am going to have to add you to my favorite blogs on my blog.

    I have been learning about grace for the last several years. Though 50 years old, I have spent more years living in religion than in the relationship. Praise God He is setting me free.

    I am glad to know there is another on the journey to know His heart.

    Bless you,
    PS. Tiffany is my new blog friend

    By Blogger Julie, At April 23, 2008 at 6:44 PM  

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