In the book The Grace of God, Andy Stanley describes the true meaning of grace and how it cannot be earned, bought or even be deserved, but it is a gift given freely because of God’s love for us. Andy shows us that grace didn’t begin with our Savior dying on the cross for our sins, but the grace of God was in the beginning and is part of who God is. We make grace out to be so complicated, and end up showing no grace at all, but a graceless religion is the one thing Jesus despises. The book describes how we often see law and discipline as something to keep so that we can earn grace, but in actuality it’s often an expression of grace.
This book inspired me to stop and think about how I accept grace with little to no hesitation, but when it comes to giving grace I struggle and fail regularly. Andy chronologically points directly to biblical passages where grace is extended and to the most unlikely of characters. You don’t have to be good to be given grace. If that was the case, then no one would receive it. Andy’s writing is always so refreshing and inspiring, and this book is no exception. It’s packed full of scripture evidence and quotes that show us just how awesome God’s grace is.
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