Good day friends,
This week I learned a lot about the grace of the Savior. I found these definitions on the LDS.ORG website:
Grace is a gift from Heavenly Father given through His Son, Jesus Christ. The word grace, as used in the scriptures, refers primarily to enabling power and spiritual healing offered through the mercy and love of Jesus Christ.
The grace of God helps us every day. It strengthens us to do good works we could not do on our own. The Lord promised that if we humble ourselves before Him and have faith in Him, His grace will help us overcome all our personal weaknesses (see Ether 12:27).
From True To The Faith a publication from the Church comes one of my favorite definitions of grace:
In addition to needing grace for your ultimate salvation, you need this enabling power every day of your life. As you draw near to your Heavenly Father in diligence, humility, and meekness, He will uplift and strengthen you through His grace (see Proverbs 3:34; 1 Peter 5:5; D&C 88:78; 106:7–8). Reliance upon His grace enables you to progress and grow in righteousness. Jesus Himself “received not of the fullness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fullness” (D&C 93:13). Grace enables you to help build God’s kingdom, a service you cannot give through your strength or means alone (see John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; Hebrews 12:28; Jacob 4:6–7).
If you ever become discouraged or feel too weak to continue living the gospel, remember the strength you can receive through the enabling power of grace. You can find comfort and assurance in these words of the Lord: “My grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27).
This week I would challenge you to allow grace to work in your life and open your hearts to the Lord. Let him in to enable your weaknesses to be made strong. Below are two MP3 links because I could not choose which one of these talks was the best. I also truly believe that one may be better for you than the other. The first is by Jay Parry entitled "Receiving the Marvelous Grace of God" He teaches how we can use grace in our daily lives(This talk will be broadcast on BYU Television on April 4 at 3:00 PM.) Second is a talk from Robert Millett, "After All We Can Do: The Meaning of Grace". He goes into great detail for the first 30 minutes about the Saviors grace and then how we can live by grace in our daily lives. Please do not feel like you have to listen to both of these but instead chose the one that appeals to you the most. I know you will be blessed to do all that you can do this week as you allow the grace of the Lord into your hearts and lives.
Lots of Love,
Jay Parry, "Receiving the Marvelous Grace of God"
Robert Millet, After All That We Can Do: The Meaning Of Grace
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Good day friends,