Prevenient grace

Abraham Lincoln said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

People with good character have a lot of grace.

John Wesley’s best contribution to theology was his understanding of prevenient grace. This is the grace that “goes before” — it precedes human action and reflects God’s heart for his creation. It’s available to all — there is no “natural man” left in a purely fallen state without a measure of God’s restorative grace.

To keep it simple, it’s Grace before we knew we needed it.

“I have this image of the circus and the trapeze artists, and they’re doing these incredible things way up high and it’s dangerous. Life is like that. Sometimes they begin to fall and there’s a net there. Sometimes it’s people, we begin to fall. And through prevenience, we have a net available to us. Grace is everywhere. We are caught up in the net of God’s care. John Wesley understood this grace. It is this grace that was so compelling for John Wesley that he shared with the whole world, and it reaches out to us today.” Gary Henderson, UMC.

Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

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