In speaking of Jesus, Luke says, "The child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him;" and John tells us, "The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ;" while the psalmist in referring to the Christ writes: "Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever." From this it may readily be seen that the divine quality of grace is indispensable to the expression of man as the image and likeness of God.

Grace is a term of large and varied meaning. Shakespeare defines it as embracing: "Justice, verity, temperance, stableness, bounty, perseverance, mercy, loveliness, devotion, patience, courage, fortitude." What could present a longer list of virtues? And surely each one of most desirable nature. In spite of this, mortals are not quick to prize or cultivate this heavenly quality. Indeed, on the contrary, many seem to disregard it, especially in its relation to the finer amenities of living. We sometimes even find mankind so blind to its beauty that they pride themselves on their carelessness to all the greater tendernesses and refinements of true loving-kindness, to the extent of believing that roughness and sometimes coarseness itself are greater proofs of honesty than are thoughtfulness for others and the gentleness of demeanor which result therefrom and always tend to greater loveliness of character.

Among the Churches
November 29, 1919

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