“Sanctifying Grace is the gratuitous gift of his life that God makes to us; it is infused by the Holy Spirit into the soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it.” – CCC 2023
So grace then is an unmerited gift from God. It’s purpose is to heal our souls of sin and to return us to holiness. In addition, grace will help to turn us from those enticements which would be harmful before they take hold. The principle of “use it or lose it,” applies well with grace.
Suppose you were to receive a set of weights as a gift from a concerned, loving and well-meaning friend. You didn’t ask for them, but accepted the gift none the less. The purpose of weights is to increase strength and physical well-being. A wonderful gift from one who wishes all the best for you; Is it not? But what benefit is gained if the set is left in the box in which it came? Only by using the weights regularly will those health benefits be realized. The same is true of grace. It can be a tremendous source of healing and strength. But, what is required of weights to be effective is also required of grace. We must do some heavy lifting. Grace left unattended is wasted.
“We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” – 2 Corinthians 6:1
Through the continued application of grace:
Those who are home-bound and bedridden will be consoled. Those who suffer from diseases that devastate the body will be granted strength and hope. Those with disabling handicaps will find forbearance. Those lost in addictions will find their way out. Those whose marriages are besieged will be sustained. Those families that are broken will be made whole…
Through God’s gift of grace, all the burdens of body, mind and spirit will be made light, all obstacles traversed and every wrong righted.
God allows the many daunting challenges that we face in life, yet sends us the grace needed to overcome or hold firm. As the Jewel plant-the antidote for poison ivy-is found growing near poison ivy, so, too, does the appropriate grace accompany those daunting challenges. We need but make a sustained use of that grace to endure all trials, to persevere in faith and to ensure that God’s promises will be fulfilled. Each moment that passes in grace is a step away from the beckoning calls of harmful ways and valueless despair; until they are so far removed that they can no longer be heard, nor hold us captive. The power of grace grows stronger, exponentially, so long as we faithfully embrace it.
Grace can be freeing. As the weightlifter is freed from his weakness by becoming stronger, so too is grace freeing. However, in being free of something, we become free for something; preferably, some greater good. The weightlifter’s greater good is his improved strength. A greater good that we are now open to after grace has aided in severing the ties to sin is found in virtue. No greater virtue can one achieve other than through a relationship with Christ. Christ’s love, for all who choose to believe in Him, is the greatest good. For by His love He has endured far more than we must. And has kept His promise that He would never leave us fearful orphans, by sending His saving grace powered by the Holy Spirit.
“I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10