| This is not make-believe. You are indeed guilty in yourself, but God no longer regards you as guilty, because the guilt of your sin has already been borne by Christ as your substitute. The sentence has been served. The penalty has been paid. To use Paul's expression, you have died to sin's guilt.|
Source: The Gospel for Real Life, p. 177.
| Sanctification and justification are both gifts from God and expressions of His grace. Though they are each distinct aspects of salvation, they can never be separated. God never grants justification without also giving sanctification at the same time.|
Topics: Justification, Sanctification
Source: Transforming Grace, p. 106.
| To be justified means more than to be declared "not guilty." It actually means to be declared righteous before God. It means God has imputed or charged the guilt of our sin to His Son, Jesus Christ, and has imputed or credited Christ's righteousness to us.|
Topics: Justification, Righteousness
Source: Transforming Grace, p. 36.
| We insist that God must surely lead everyone as we believe He has led us. We refuse to allow God the freedom to deal with each of us as individuals. When we think like that, we are legalistic.|
Source: Transforming Grace, p. 126.
| Legalism does not consist in yielding obedience to the law. Rather, it is to seek justification and good standing with God through the merit of works done in obedience to the law - instead of by faith in Christ.|
Topics: Legalism, Justification
Source: Transforming Grace, p. 91.
| Legalism insists on conformity to manmade religious rules and requirements, which are often unspoken but are nevertheless very real... There are far too many instances within Christendom where our traditions and rules are, in practice, more important than God's commands.|
Source: Transforming Grace, p. 120.
| No detail of your life is too insignificant for your heavenly Father's attention; no circumstance is so big that He cannot control it.|
| The good that God works for in our lives is conformity to the likeness of His Son. It is not necessarily comfort or happiness but conformity to Christ in ever-increasing measure in this life and in its fullness in eternity.|
Topics: Life, Holiness
Source: Trusting God, 1988, p. 120.
| Biblical love is not emotions or feelings, but attitudes and actions that seek the best interests of the other person, regardless of how we feel toward him.|
Source: The Practice of Godliness, p. 208.
| God's unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God's love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son.|
Source: Trusting God, 1988, p. 155.
| Here is a spiritual principle: We cannot exercise love unless we are experiencing grace. You cannot truly love others unless you are convinced that God's love for you is unconditional, based solely on the merit of Christ, not on your performance. Our love, either to God or to others, can only be a response to His love for us.|
Topics: Love, Grace
Source: Transforming Grace, p. 132.
| Love provides the motive for obeying the commands of the law, but the law provides specific direction for exercising love.|
Source: Transforming Grace, p. 94.