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Grace is a great and cosmic love that reunites our lives to God—and a hundred daily miracles that illustrate what deep affection heaven holds for each of us. The phone call from a long-lost friend; the bit of birdsong heard between the din of passing cars; a child’s note with big red hearts left where we couldn’t miss it—these are the evidences of grace that draw us to a close-in Lord who loves to see us happy, full, and satisfied. Grace is Christ’s kind attentiveness to all that makes us whole. “I have come that they may have life,” He says, “and have it to the full” (John 10:10). So stay in grace.
Human nature being what it is—unkind, ungenerous, and unmerciful—it’s nothing short of amazing that the one who loved to call Himself the Son of Man could have lived with such consistent tenderness and grace. Jesus is that great exception to our otherwise unbroken rule of brokenness and sin. The unfallen one of us—whom heaven also affirmed as Son of God—offers us the grace we have no right to offer ourselves and rarely offer to each other. We follow Him in hope, believing that His saving act is the sole lifeline of humanity. He ever lives to intercede for us so that we, too, may yet lead lives that bless the world with unfeigned generosity. His grace will lead us home. So stay in grace.
It is the glory—and the mystery—of the gospel that the Lord of everything is also the Lord of grace. Infinite power is matched by inexhaustible tenderness. Unrivaled authority is paired with unrelenting kindness. The Judge of all offers Himself as the Saviour of all—an act so rare, so incandescent in the darkness of our world, that we are driven to our knees in awe and adoration. Christ takes on Himself the sentence that His justice mandates for our sin. And we who did the crime may do the time: we’re offered favored places at His side forever and for always. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:20-21). So stay in grace.
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The decision to forgo revenge is an early sign that grace is really changing how we think and act. The old and “natural” response is far too easy—to wound when we are wounded; to scorn when we are scorned; to satisfy our sense of fairness by perpetuating the unfairness. Unless renewed by grace, we take out eyes and punch out teeth, asserting this is “justice.” But Jesus shows another way—the wise absorption of the blow that cancels, disempowers, and finally defeats it. When we forgive, we win what we could never gain—a victory over hate and pride. So stay in grace.
For about 25 years now, the Adventist Review has been publishing Clifford Goldstein’s column. Called Cliff’s Edge, it deals with a host of issues regarding faith, theology, philosophy, science and just about anything else he can think of that he thinks is relevant and faith-affirming.