Topic Study: Grace

(November 2001 TG Entry: Grace, BD Entry: Grace)

Continued From

Jesus Christ, Power of [Forward Reference]

I             Enabling Power

Grace is “an enabling power”.  Through it we “receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means.  This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts.”  (BD Grace).  We are ultimately to be full of Grace, just like the Savior.  God is the source of Grace and fills us, much like filling a bucket.  But we are the makers of the bucket.

  1. Christ is our example
    1. Christ is full of Grace
    2. But He wasn’t always, he grew “grace for grace”
  2. We are to grow in grace
  3. God is the source of it. It is given freely
  4. But we build the bucket that holds grace

II            Steps to Obtaining

Elder Gene R. Cook of the Quorum of the Seventy in April Conference 1993 said the following are the steps to gaining Grace

  1. Have Faith
  2. Repent
  3. Humility
  4. Do What We Can
  5. Keep Commandments

III           Blessings

The blessings from Grace include:

“By seeking the intercession of the Lord more fully in our lives:

  • “We will ‘grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.’ (D&C 50:40)
  • “We will ‘teach … diligently and [His] grace shall attend [us].’ (D&C 88:78)
  • “For our labor, we will ‘receive the grace of God, that [we] might wax strong in the Spirit, … that [we] might teach with power and authority from God.’ (Mosiah 18:26)
  • “We will not ‘fall from grace.’ (D&C 20:32)
  • “We will ‘receive grace for grace’ (D&C 93:20).
  • “‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’ ( 4:16)

“I bear witness that if we will seek the grace of God, He will come to our aid and the aid of our loved ones in times of need. Let us obey the Lord in all things and offer to Him the ultimate sacrifice of ‘a broken heart and a contrite spirit.’ (3 Ne. 9:20; see also 3 Ne. 12:19)”  (Elder Gene R. Cook, May 1993 Ensign, page 79)

Related Hymns

A total of 29 hymns mention the word Grace.

Come, Come, Ye Saints (30)

Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion (48)

Glory to God on High (67)

Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice (73)

How Firm a Foundation (85) Verse 5

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

Great God, Attend While Zion Sings (88)

Father, Thy Children to Thee Now Raise (91)

Did You Think to Pray? (140) Verse 2

When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?

Sweet Hour of Prayer (142)

Gently Raise the Sacred Strain (146)

Sweet Is the Work (147)

Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing (163)

Great God, to Thee My Evening Song (164)

Abide with Me! (166)

Come, Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn (167)

As Now We Take The Sacrament (169)

God, Our Father, Hear Us Pray (170)

O Lord of Hosts (178)

Reverently and Meekly Now (185)

I Stand All Amazed (193) Verse 1

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.

O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown (197)

Silent Night (204)

There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today (227)

Today, While the Sun Shines (229)

Know This, That Every Soul Is Free (240)

Rejoice! A Glorious Sound Is Heard (257)

Our Father, by Whose Name (296)

Children of Our Heavenly Father (299)

Ye Who Are Called to Labor (321)

America the Beautiful (338)

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