a magnitude of grace

“To use this life well is the pathway through death to everlasting life.”
St. John Almond


(Methodist Chruch, Cades Cove /The Great Smokey Mt.s National Park / Julie Cook / 2015)

“Even if you do not confess, God is not ignorant of the deed,
since he knew it before it was committed.
Why then do you not speak of it?
Does the transgression become heavier by the confession?
No, it becomes lighter and less troublesome.
And this is why he wants you to confess:
not that you should be punished, but that you should be forgiven;
not that he may learn your sin—how could that be, since he has seen it?—
but that you may learn what favor he bestows.
He wishes you to learn the greatness of his grace,
so that you may praise him perfectly, that you may be slower to sin,
that you may be quicker to virtue.
And if you do not confess the greatness of the need,
you will not understand the enormous magnitude of his grace.”

St. John Chrysostom, p. 255
An Excerpt From
A Year with Church Fathers

6 comments on “a magnitude of grace

  1. bcparkison says:

    It is so easy to ‘cover up’ and forget that He knows.

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the thought that confession is for forgiveness not punishment. It also brings awareness to us of what we need to confess.

  3. a magnitude of grace. Part of Gods creation.

    On Monday, December 7, 2020, cookiecrumbstoliveby wrote:

    > Julie (aka Cookie) posted: “”To use this life well is the pathway through > death to everlasting life.” St. John Almond (Methodist Chruch, Cades Cove > /The Great Smokey Mt.s National Park / Julie Cook / 2015) “Even if you do > not confess, God is not ignorant of the deed, sinc” >

  4. That’s really beautiful, julie! Great quote.

  5. Salvageable says:

    I think this is from the same sermon in which John warns us that God remembers the sins that we refuse to confess, but he promises that God forgets the sins that we confess. J.

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