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Grace for the Lonely

 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16

“Grace is more than love, it is love set absolutely free and made to be a triumphant victor over the righteous judgment of God against the sinner.”

“The grace of God belongs to the realm of the infinite. His measureless love and goodness are released from every restraint. They are unshackled and free.”

“The supreme divine objective is then, that infinite love may manifest itself in superabounding grace.” Chafer –Grace The Glorious Theme

“Grace is God acting freely, according to; His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill…” William Newell

“Grace means the overflowing nature of God…we have no words to describe the lavishness of God.” Oswald Chambers

” The religion of legality is as though a man should decide to have an apple orchard and should try to make one by first getting some apples of the kind desired, and then getting a tree and fastening the apples on to it’s branches and then getting roots to fasten to the trunk, and finally purchasing a field…”

“Grace is but Glory begun, and Glory is but Grace perfected.”- Jonathan Edwards: www.christianquote

“Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.”- Philip Yancey www.christianquote

“If you are ready to partake of grace you have not to atone for your sins–you have merely to accept of the atonement. All that you want to do is to cry, “God have mercy upon me,” and you will receive the blessing.”- Dwight L. Moody  www.christianquote

 

  •  “Grace is totally detached from any human merit.
  •  The gift of grace depends upon the character of God and not the character of man.
  •  Grace is freely given as a gift to those who will receive it and believe on Christ.
  •  For this reason, the Lord Jesus does not and will not work with any single person out-side of His provision, which is grace.” Dr. Carl H. Stevens

So, can we put our arms around grace? It is the unfathomable means to heaven after death, to start, and depicts a narrow way.

Freddy Mercury, the lead singer of the rock group Queen, who died at the end of 1991, wrote in one of his last songs on the Miracle Album, “Does anybody know what we are living for?” “… before his death he was desperately lonely.” “You can have everything in the world and still be the loneliest man, and that is the most bitter type of loneliness.” from Nicky Gumbel “Is there More to Life than This?”

  • Of course, lonely, because every man stands alone.
  • Every man stands alone before God. Right there!
  • If God speaks, I am not alone.
  • If I resist; and if I eat the fraud of friendly man,
  • my alone, steps below alone. I am alone for alone.
  • The dreads of it I gain even more; deeper, deeper.
  • Within life are paths many, all go to their end?
  • At the wheel, my decision, a free one or other,
  • A path wins that path, your will makes sure,
  • but is it a free will, or one pushed ajar?
  • Feelings, I need you, then feelings you are,
  • deep ones, I demand you, please lower the bar.
  • Sadly, my precious one, your path was all vain,
  • There is no such wonderland, not such, only pain.
  • God still awaits, to speak He awaits,
  • Has all been saddened enough, had enough insane?
  • Hope again, O hope, but hope ran away.
  • Jesus waits patiently, His door opens at a sway. Anonymous

Friends, Jesus said,  “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

All that lures the lonely soul, God’s grace could supply, but the Siren’s song waxes stronger on it’s path.

Grace’s path opens more grace, and that grace will yield more grace, and the more grace brings greater grace and…  love ya

Tom Sliva

Tom Sliva

Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Pastor Sliva went to Bible college in Massachusetts at the Stevens School of the Bible in !982. He and his family moved to Baltimore in1987 to be a part of Greater Grace World Outreach. From there, he served in Prescott, Arizona, and Indianapolis, Ind. Ordained upon his return to Baltimore in 1995, Pastor Sliva was afflicted with brain cysts in the late 90's and stayed at home base until his recovery in 2002. He then assisted with ministries in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh before resettling in Baltimore due to his son's sudden illness and death. Pastor Sliva is a colon cancer survivor. He has been part of the Pastoral Care Team since 2008 and leads the Grief Share group at Greater Grace Church. Read more from Pastor Sliva on his blog Healing at the Cross.
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    Ged Valaitis says

    Thanks Pastor Tom.
    It is very edifying to think so much on Grace. So often it seems we hear so much of what our response may be.
    I liked what Johnathan Edwards said, the glory of God is grace perfected.
    It reminded me of Pastor Mihael’s message from 2013; The glory of God was when He packed in all in the finished work on the cross; grace perfected.
    It seems when we focus on the grace of God in our hunger and weakness, the Spirit of God begins to show us His love, setting us free, healing at the cross.

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      Tom Sliva says

      Thanks Ged, grace lifts us out of our despair.

  2. Reply
    Ged Valaitis says

    Hi Pastor Tom.
    I like what you said, “we can put our arms around grace” ; because as Pastor Stevens said, ” Jesus will not deal with us outside of His grace” ; and it depicts a narrow way!
    That makes the “narrow way” so inviting, knowing that my weakness, or even my perceived weakness, need not hinder me in following.
    As grace was perfected, in the finished work, for our salvation; and our hearts where full of praise.
    Just as we first received him, so we can walk in the narrow way, receiving the GRACE for the will, and the do; As our hearts may continue to full fill our purpose, to sing His praises for HIS grace, in the narrow way.
    If we begin in the narrow way, and try to continue along that godly path in our own strength, we may still have the praises of men, but our heart’s song for the praises of His grace, will begin to fall mute…

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