“There is no true gracefulness which is not epitomized goodness.” -Samuel Butler
As a child I collected my town’s police profile trading cards, 150 of them in all. The police quickly became celebrities amongst the town’s youth, and it was quite the spectacle to see parents chasing down police in their cars to get them to autograph the cards for their kids. Before the police cards, many had seen the police only from a distance, as enforcers of justice. Now everyone got closer to the police and built a relationship with them, seeing their caring and good side. Similarly, God didn’t want us to see Him only from a distance, as the enforcer of the Law, but under grace He wants us to see Him up close through Jesus, one who cares about us and who is good.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8, NLT).