More Quotes: Embracing Grace

EmbracingGrace2Faith alone is troubling to religiously minded people…. Go back to the Bible record: In the two thousand years after God’s command to Adam, the closest thing we see to a moral code was God’s injunction to Abraham, “Walk before Me, and be blameless (whole, complete, with integrity)…. The people-of-promise lived not by rules but by promises (Heb.11:9).”, p.70

“God knows we believe better than we behave.”, p.47

“We obey commands, we believe promises…it’s nonsensical to obey a promise–to try to fulfill it on your own…it’s a contradiction in terms…. When God promises, only He can execute it. When we try to obey a promise, we are ultimately functioning in the flesh. Promises rely on God’s behavior, not ours. The Promise-maker is the promise keeper.”, p.48

“God’s promises inspire our love and faith, which in turn inspire our obedience to His commands. But the reverse isn’t necessarily true. Increasing morality in one’s life doesn’t necessarily increase his or her love for Jesus. Keeping God’s commands will not motivate us to love Him more.” p.49

“Those who suggest that we are saved by faith and obedience, by promise and commands, cannot find any suitable biblical characters to match their formula…The Bible certainly isn’t a collection of stories about super-saints. Our spiritual ancestors lived flawed lives.”, p.71

“But overriding human waywardness stands a grander message: God’s unending, affectionate, graciousness toward prone-to-wander people–His mercy matching, stride for stride, every errant step they take. That is what God is like. The key to our family connection with God is not our obedience to His commands, but faith in His promises. We do not gain relationship with God through obedience, nor do we lose that relationship through disobedience. God’s people are people of promise.”, p.72

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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