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Bill Knott

is the editor and executive publisher of Adventist Review.

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SURPRISED BY GRACE

The grace of Jesus is endlessly surprising.

When we’ve accomplished something big and lungs are swelling with self-importance, His quiet word advises us, "Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord."

And when we’re feeling so low and wretched about ourselves that we think no one so holy and pure as Jesus would ever want anything to do with slime like us, His grace invites us—"Whoever comes to me, I will never cast out."

When we’re planning revenge on an enemy who has wounded us and made us bleed, grace pries the anger from our fists: "Turn the other cheek,” He says. “Love those who persecute you."

And when we’re sure we’ve blown it big and ruined all our chances at forever, grace grips us with a love that never lets us go: "God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

Grace is God’s always unexpected gift.

So stay in grace.

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