The Weekend Word

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  1. Em says:

    the root of bitterness versus grace… i need to think on this some more as i’m seeing that grace and forgiveness are not interchangeable terms, but is there forgiveness without there first being grace? … can we be self righteously dismissive in saying we are forgiving? implying that we’re sitting over here all clean because we forgave? too bad about the other guy or worse, we grit our teeth telling ourselves that being forgiving while we just go as if we’re disposable and they’re using us?
    i suspect we need to better understand these three terms and how to apply them to ourselves… or it could just be me… 🙂 but i think we can fool ourselves on this… thinking, thinking….

  2. Em says:

    oh, MLD’s given a good, good lesson this week IMO

  3. Jean says:

    Yes, very good lesson.

  4. Jean says:

    A Lutheran definition of Grace:

    “◾The “fatherly, divine goodness and mercy” of God. His gracious favor and undeserved love. It moved Him to create us out of nothing and to save us while we were still sinners, and it still moves Him today to provide us with “daily bread” and to give us the gifts of salvation for Jesus’ sake.

    “◾God’s gracious attitude in Christ now revealed through the preached Word and the sacraments to create faith, so that sinners may be forgiven and justified by faith.

    “◾God’s response of love to the fallen world on account of Christ. It is God’s acting in love on account of Christ’s death for sinners.

    “◾Reflects a change in God’s relationship to the world. What was once condemned in Adam is now accepted by God in Christ.

    “In summary, Grace is favor Dei propter Christum (the favor of God for Christ’s sake). Grace is not a substance that Christians use to work out their salvation along with God (Roman Catholicism). Grace is not given apart from or alongside the Word and the Sacraments (Reformed Christianity). Grace is forgiveness offered in and made operative for believers in the Word and sacraments. On that account preaching, baptism, communion, and absolution are called and are in fact the means of grace.”

    – David M. Juhl

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