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How Sweet the Sound…

May 5, 2017

How amazing is grace?

Amazing enough to sing about. A lot. If you count the songs and hymns in any Christian compilation, I think you’ll discover that there are many more songs about God’s grace than about his judgment… and that is as it should be. Why? Because whereas his judgment is necessitated by human sin, God’s grace is an integral aspect of his character. If Adam and Eve had never sinned, God would still be full of grace – we just wouldn’t be as aware of it, as there would not be a judgment and therefore no need for us to be saved by grace from that judgment.

Amazing enough to write books about. Yes, there are books about God’s judgment as well (and some of them are quite spectacular) – but I think the ones about grace have impacted more lives more permanently, and that is as it should be. I can particularly recommend Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing About Grace? – I have a copy if anyone wants to borrow it.

Amazing enough to go on and on about. You may have noticed that preachers often have their favourite themes or texts that they come back to, over and over again. And I’m not ashamed of preaching grace until the cows come home (and afterwards as well). Martin Luther said that “No nobler preaching exists than that of grace”, and I have to say I agree with him!

So don’t switch off just because you think you’ve heard it all before! We can never hear enough about God’s grace towards us sinners – and as it runs as a scarlet thread through the entire Bible, it would be futile (and soul-destroying) to try and avoid it…

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