The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Matthew 13:45-46, NKJV.
I remember distinctly the time that the power of the message of grace dawned on me. I was running a failing business and was in the middle of laying off my treasured employees. I owed great sums of money that I had no real hope of obtaining. We were going through marriage difficulties. I was a dejected and defeated man. In the middle of it my men’s group was going through the parables of Jesus, and I was pondering the parable of the pearl of great price. I will never forget when it hit me that the kingdom of God was not the pearl, the kingdom of God is the merchant, and I am the pearl. In that moment I realized that I was greatly and tremendously loved, truly treasured and desired by God, and that He really did go and sell everything to gain me. I wept and wept with very hard deep emotions, wave upon wave of the revelation that I am dearly and greatly loved, that I am desired by God. In the moment when I felt most hurt and worthless and defeated, I had the revelation that I am greatly treasured. I had known this before, but not like this. My life had changed.
Jim McNeely, The Romance of Grace page 15
Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. Grace is being loved when you are unloveable. Grace is one-way love.
Paul Zahl, Grace in Practice page 36
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