Frederick W Faber

With the help of grace, the habit of saying kind words is very quickly formed, and when once formed, it is not speedily lost. Sharpness, bitterness, sarcasm, acute observation, divination of motives, – all these things disappear when a man is earnestly conforming himself to the image of Christ Jesus. The very attempt to be like our dearest Lord is already a well-spring of sweetness within us, flowing with an easy grace over all who come within our reach.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When those on his right hand asked in surprise, “When? Where?,” he answered, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25: 34–40). With that we face the shocking reality. Jesus stands at the door and knocks. He asks for help in the form of a beggar, a down-and-out, a man in ragged clothes, someone who is sick, even a criminal in need of our love. He meets you in every person you encounter in need. So long as there are people around, Christ walks the earth as your neighbor, as the one through whom God calls to you, demands of you, makes claims upon you.

Ed Silvoso

We see the importance of honoring the word order in Romans 2:4 (NKJV), where Paul explains that it is “the goodness of God [that] leads you to repentance.” Repentance is elicited by goodness. It is not God’s wrath or anger, but His promise of grace to grant forgiveness that announces to the world, “Come! No sin can ever trump My grace!” Sinners flocked to Jesus, attracted by the grace He openly projected. His whole demeanor was engraved with “You are welcome,” written in letters of grace. Once sinners came to Him, He taught them the divine truth—exacting and costly, but always palatable because of the context of grace in which it was presented.