An Infinite Variety of Ways

This morning I read one of my all-time favorite devotions from Hannah Whitall Smith in God is Enough. She describes a way to think about God’s grace because, as she writes, “so few people have any conception of what the grace of God really is.” She contends that “to say it is free unmerited favor expresses only a little of its meaning.”

I couldn’t wait to read more. I’ve always thrown the word “grace” around without realizing the depth of the theology behind it. I cannot possibly grasp the real definition.

Hannah Whitall Smith then defines grace in a way that makes my heart sing, floods my soul with hope, and creates fresh conditions for worship. She writes this:

“[Grace] is the unhindered, wondrous, boundless love of God, poured out on us in an infinite variety of ways, without stint or measure, not according to our deserving, but according to His measureless heart of love.”

Grace is the unhindered, wondrous, boundless love of God, poured out on us in an infinite variety of ways, without stint or measure, not according to our deserving, but according to His measureless heart of love. --Hannah Whitall… Click To Tweet

To help us conceptualize what she means, Hannah Whitall Smith asks us to do this mental exercise: “Put together all the tenderest love you know of. . . the deepest you have ever felt and the strongest that has ever been poured out on you; heap on it all the love of all the loving human hearts in the world; then multiply it by infinity, and you will have a faint glimpse of the love and grace of God!”

I move into the day with clearer vision of a life rooted in the infinite love of God.

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