Tuesday, August 20, 2013

{The Difference Between a Couch and a Chair}

Something for her to remember as she grows...something for us all to remember.

Found these lovely words here.
Grace is a bit like a two-seated couch. One seat is pardon and getting the release from our sins that we do not deserve, and the other seat is the power to walk in the freedom the pardon brings. One seat without the other is not a couch. A seat by it’s self would be a chair. Grace is a blend of power and pardon. Pardon by it’s self, makes for a lazy Christian. Power by it’s self makes for a self reliant/focused Christian. We need the balance of them both! John Piper says,

Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.
A couch without more than one seat,
Would not be a couch,
It would be a chair.

Grace without power and pardon,
Would not be grace,
It would be limited.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

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