J. I. Packer:

“It is certain that God blesses believers precisely and invariably by blessing to them something of his truth and that misbelief as such is in its own nature spiritually barren and destructive.

“Yet anyone who deals with souls will again and again be amazed at the gracious generosity with which God blesses to needy ones what looks to us like a very tiny needle of truth hidden amid whole haystacks of mental error. . . .

“Every Christian without exception experiences far more in the way of mercy and help than the quality of his notions warrants.”

—J. I. Packer, Keep in Step with the Spirit, 2d ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005), 21-22.

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3 thoughts on “When God Graciously and Generously Blesses Us in Spite of Ourselves”

  1. Wesley says:

    Reminds me of Romans 8 where Paul tells us how the Spirit help us in our weakness b/c we do not know what to pray. Amazing love, how can it be?

  2. I often think that we just have no idea how much the whole project is attributable to mercy and grace! I wonder how our theology and practice would better reflect this if we acknowledged with contrition and awe the concessionary nature of divine engagement from Genesis 8:21 onward.

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