- Have you been saved by Grace?
Dear ones, I have been thinking more about our Savior this week, and His great love for each of us, and the desire to have us again in His fold.. here are some thoughts I want to share with you about Grace.. I am so thankful for His sacrifice and atonement.. it works!
“Some folks are so excited about being saved that maybe they are not thinking enough about what comes next. They are so happy the debt is paid that they may not have considered why the debt existed in the first place. Latter-day Saints teach, not only what Jesus has saved us from but also what He has saved us for. As I do counseling and talk on the phone with missionaries that sometimes feel discouraged or unworthy, I am more convinced that we have to keep trying and feeling the Love of Christ to buoy us up. and not allow Satan to discourage us or give up..
“A life impacted by grace eventually begins to look like Christ’s life.” As Omar Canals puts it, “While many Christians view Christ’s suffering as only a huge favor He did for us, Latter-day Saints also recognize it as a huge investment He made in us.” As Moroni puts it, grace isn’t just about being saved. It is also about becoming like the Savior (see Moroni 7:48). The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can live after we die but that we can live more abundantly (see John 10:10). The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can be cleansed and consoled but that we can be transformed (see Romans 8). Scriptures make it clear that no unclean thing can dwell with God (see Alma 40:26), but, brothers and sisters, no unchanged thing will even want to.
Elder Bruce C. Hafen has written, “The Savior’s gift of grace to us is not necessarily limited in time to ‘after’ all we can do. We may receive his grace before, during and after the time when we expend our own efforts” (The Broken Heart [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989], 155)
. So grace is not a booster engine that kicks in once our fuel supply is exhausted. Rather, it is our constant energy source. It is not the light at the end of the tunnel but the light that moves us through the tunnel. Grace is not achieved somewhere down the road. It is received right here and right now. It is not a finishing touch; it is the Finisher’s touch (see Hebrews 12:2).
My prayer for you this week is that you may feel His loving Grace and atonement working personally in small ways, in your life.. Love, Hermana George