Small “L” Laws

Law with a small “l” refers to an interior principle of demand or ought that seems universal in human nature.  In this sense, law is any voice that makes us feel we must do something or be something in order to merit the approval of another…In daily living, law is an internalized principle of self-accusation.  We might say that the innumerable laws we carry inside us are bastard children of the Law.

– Paul Zahl

as quoted by Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 625

Grace Is One-Way Love

Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return.  Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you.  Grace is being loved when you are unlovable… The cliche definition of grace is “unconditional love.”  It is a true cliche, for it is a good description of the thing…

Let’s go a little further, though.  Grace is a love that has nothing to do with you, the beloved.  It has everything and only to do with the lover.  Grace is irrational in the sense that it has nothing to do with weights and measure.  It has nothing to do with my intrincsic qualities or so-called “gifts (whatever they may be).  It reflects a decision on the part of the fiver, the one who loves, in relation to the receiver, the one who is loved, that negates any qualifications the receiver may personally hold… Grace is one-way love.

-Paul Zahl

as quoted by Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 203