The Layers of Grace

The leaves are bursting with color and the Fall weather has set in. I feel like I'm walking around in God's coloring book. It makes my heart so happy! Don't you love Fall?

Exploring vertical and horizontal grace.

Plus, it's now officially leggings and lattes season, which means it's time for layers, lots of them. Sweaters, leggings, boots, I love it!

Speaking of layers, have you ever thought about the layers of grace? I found this great quote from Chuck Swindoll from his book "Grace Awakening" and thought it fit in so well with this 'Embracing Grace' series. I wanted to share it with you to ponder today.

"Grace comes to us in two dimensions: vertical and horizontal. Vertical grace centers on our relationships with God. Freeing us from the demands and the condemnation of the Mosaic Law, vertical grace gives hope to the sinner by not only providing eternal life but also freeing us from any requirement to pay back God. Vertical grace is truly amazing! Horizontal grace centers on our relationships with others. Relieved from our guilt and shame, when we walk in grace, we’re free from the tyranny of pleasing people. We’re free from their demands and expectations, and they’re free from ours. When we demonstrate horizontal grace, we accept others as they are. We have no personal agenda to make anyone be someone he or she is not. Horizontal grace is truly charming! In this lesson, let’s turn our attention to that horizontal dimension and learn to help others find the same freedom God grants us, as we accept them as they are and release them to learn and grow." - Charles Swindoll

Listen to Chuck Swindoll's series on grace here.

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Shrek told Donkey that ogres are like onions, they have layers. Well, I guess grace is like an onion too, at least a little bit? Work with me, I've been watching a lot of Shrek lately. Chuck Swindoll gives us some great food for thought today as we continue to unpack the layers of grace.

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