In The Grace of God, Andy Stanley takes us on a tour of God’s grace throughout the Bible. He took Bible verses and stories I was familiar with and told them through the lens of Grace. I never really considered the fall of Adam and Eve in that way. I also really never considered discipline to be Grace. The way Mr. Stanley explains it however, it is definitely Grace.
Then in the retelling of Jonah I was quite convicted. I thought much about my Ninevites. I also thought much about my “vines”. When I heard Amazing Grace before, I always thought of Jesus. He paid for our sins with his life and through His Grace we are saved. But I found this to be an in-depth review of his lineage, from Abraham to Jesus. This was a great perspective. It also reminded me that God uses imperfect people. He even grants Grace to us imperfect people. And some of the greatest Heroes of the Bible like David and Solomon were woefully imperfect.
All in all I came away from reading this book feeling better. Knowing we don’t deserve Grace is often forgotten. Being reminded of all the people who have gone before us who did not deserve Grace and were given it anyway makes me feel better about being a human. I came away with a new lease on life and a renewed passion to grant grace whenever possible. Even to those Ninevites in my life.
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