The Daily Paine

“Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.”
–Julia H. Johnston

You do not have to wallow in the pig pen with the hogs. Living in mud and eating slop is not what has to be your lot. Look to that hill of Calvary and gaze on the Cross whereupon grace was personified in Christ. Grace that is so much more than any sin that we can commit. Grace that is able to wipe away and evidence of guilt and shame. It was the place where the Son of God poured out His love and provided grace.

“Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.”

Where there is much sin, there is much grace. There is grace that is truly untold, for the sinner cannot go so far as to be away from the touch of His grace from the cross. The soul is lost, without the grace of Christ.

“Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
What can we do to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?”

The story of Dorian Gray portrays a man who tries to hide the stain on his soul. Here was a man who wanted to live his live with impunity. But, alas, it was found out for no man can do so. There is a stain upon man that can only be washed away and cleansed by the blood of Christ. Then, and only then, is there a brightness of the soul. The cost to you–nothing; just look to Jesus and believe.

“Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!”

One of the greatest songs written to humble the soul and turn thoughts to Christ. The truth and finality of God’s grace is depicted here and it is for anyone who would simply turn to Him and believe. There is no excuse and no denial, for His grace is greater than any sin.