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Grace, not just for the righteous

Anyone can receive grace as a saint – but who can receive it as a sinner? In our lowest ebbs, our instinct is to claw, to climb, to rise, to earn, to prove once and for all “this isn’t me! I am better than this!” Religion is a heavy yoke, but it is comfortable. The grace which says, “by the works of the law no man shall be justified” (Romans 5) and “sacrifices and burnt offerings I have not required” (Psalm 51) defeats all pride, shatters all pretenses, and wrings from trembling lips the petition, “Have mercy on me, the sinner!” (Luke 18:13).

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