God’s gift of salvation was one of pure love. He desired humanity to join him in heaven, but he could not force us to accept his gift of love. Upon creating humans, he endowed us with free will so that we could freely return his infinite love with love. Thus God could only attribute the salvation of Christ’s passion (his crucifixion and resurrection) to those who freely returned his love in faith and hope.
Human experience shows that people often have a tendency to draw toward evil and selfish passions. This misplaced love for the things of our natural world is a result of the original sin of mankind and the continuing temptation of Satan. In order to help humanity choose God over selfishness and temporal happiness, the crucifixion of Jesus brought forth a new gift: the gift of grace.
Grace is the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call. The Church teaches us that grace moves us to participate in the life of God and moves us to begin and sustain a relationship with our Creator. Grace not only assists us in living the Christian life through purification of our hearts, it literally changes our souls by infusing divine life to heal the wounds of sin. Grace is wrought through the work of the Holy Spirit, and grace is what initially moves our hearts to conversion and repentance.
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I think the biggest change for me, is that Grace gave me a way to have a relationship with Jesus. Not just God. It changed my life because it causes me not to judge others. People often say Christians judge people. I don't. And I know that it's not just in relation to religious ideas.
I don't judge people who are cranky sales clerks. I tend to forgive a little too quickly according to my brother. He says my mind is always on understanding why a person would do the bad things they do. This is another example of the power of Grace in my life.
Edited by Paranoid Android, 22 February 2012 - 04:07 AM.