Monday, May 16, 2011

Judson: unconditional grace

Monday, May 16, 2011
    Commemoration of Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877
    What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
    —Romans 6:1-2 (NIV)
    It is thought that unconditional grace is unsafe. Man will feel free to go on sinning. On the contrary, unconditional forgiveness is the only rope that is long enough to reach to the bottom of the pit into which we have fallen.
    ... Edward Judson (1844-1914), “Life under pressure: a Lenten sermon”, in The Outlook, v. XCVII, Lyman Abbott, ed., Outlook Co., 1911, p. 749 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have redeemed me from beyond all hope.
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