Some suppose grace represents a certain casualness in God about what we’ve done—a blessed amnesia that ignores our waywardness. “He moves the lines,” we tell ourselves, as though the One who authored the commandments wasn’t fully serious about them. But the Father sees our faults so clearly that it is only by looking at His Son that He can choose—yes, choose—to unremember what we’ve done. It’s the love He has for Jesus—and for all who likewise love the Saviour—that moves unblinking vigilance to sweep away the record of our sins. The charity of the Father’s heart results from the clarity of the Father’s vision: in grace, we are both fully known and deeply loved. So stay in grace. -Bill Knott
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