I’m still reading Brother Lawrence (slowly with a friend), and a quote hit me pretty hard this week.
Brother Lawrence promotes renewal – the constant need for renewal. And he’s right.
We all need renewal and that replaced our fleshly perspective with His godly perspective takes practice and grace.
Brother Lawrence says,
“…the grace of God is the more needful for each moment, as without it the soul can do nothing. The world, the flesh, and the devil join forces and assault the soul so [straightly] and so untiringly that, without humble reliance on the ever-present aid of God, they drag the soul down in spite of all resistance. Thus to rely seems hard to nature, but grace makes it become easy, and brings with it joy.” – Brother Lawrence (emphasis mine)
Grace does bring joy, doesn’t it?
When we see His gift, His love (when we notice it, as it’s always present around us), His grace, we feel gratitude, acceptance, and then joy. Joy as the happiness from seeing a present good that comes from knowing God.
That joy permeates our hearts and our souls, which flows out through our grace-inspired actions.
“We love because He first loved us” – 1 John 4:19
It’s when I forget His grace that I retreat to failing ways.
It’s when I remember His grace that His love shines through.
Remembering takes thoughtful practice. Which means I have another chance (and another and another) to walk with Him.
Would you like a free printable of that quote image above? Well, here you go. Click this link to download a free printable of the image above with this Brother Lawrence quote. The image is formatted as an 8”x10”, but you can also print the image smaller for a notecard or memory verse card.
How have you seen grace bring joy around you? Also, if you like printable images like these, would you let me know so I know if it’s useful?