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Men talk about grace, but, as a rule, they know very little about it. Let a business man go to one of your bankers to borrow a few hundred dollars for sixty or ninety days; if he is well able to pay, the banker will perhaps lend him the money if he can get another responsible man to sign the note with him. They give what they call three days grace after the sixty or ninety days have expired; but they will make the borrower pay interest on the money during these three days, and if he. does not return principal and interest at the appointed time, they will sell his goods; they will perhaps turn him out of his house, and take the last piece of furniture in his possession. That is not grace at all; but that fairly illustrates man’s idea of it. Grace not only frees you from payment of the interest, but of the principal also.
Sovereign Grace, Its Source, Its Nature, Its Effects — this work by the great American evangelist D.L. Moody emphasizes the many aspects of the full free Sovereign Grace of God, the unmerited mercy, and undeserved favor of our Lord.
Dwight Lyman Moody was born to parents of modest means in Northfield, Massachusetts on February 5, 1837. At a young age, Moody became familiar with hardship with the passing of his father and his mother’s struggle to raise nine children alone. Largely because of such circumstances, Moody left his Northfield home at the age of 17 to seek financial gain in Boston. In Boston, he found the love of Christ and a new passion for souls.
With multiple influences leading him, Moody set out for Chicago with the ambition to make a fortune in worldly wealth and bring lost souls into the kingdom of God. He was successful in both until, in 1860, he felt the call to abandon his pursuit of mammon altogether and devote himself to full-time ministry. After a great soul struggle, Moody did just this.
Moody went on to minister to the poorest children in the Chicago slums of the time, and he received his practical theology training during the Civil War as he ran to and fro ministering to wounded soldiers and trying to bring the healing balm of Christ to any soul sickness found. Equally important to Moody was the work of the YMCA, an organization he devoted countless hours to in teaching the Gospel to the young men of the city, praying with those in need, and raising funds to build facilities.
In 18871, Moody experienced a much desired outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and this very ambitious man learned new lessons in humility, love of God, and submission. After this experience, he traveled to Europe to study the Word, but quickly returned home for his wife and children when he sensed he was being called to Europe to help spearhead a revival. Returning to Europe, Moody and Ira Sankey held countless meetings in England, Scotland, and Ireland preaching the Gospel of Christ and meeting one-on-one with people to share the Word. With Moody’s preaching and his living testimony (demonstrated by his kindness towards Catholics, his refusal to take up offerings, his eagerness to exalt others over self, and his love towards those who slandered him), scores of people were transferred from the dominion of darkness to the kingdom of light. His trip to Europe is considered one of the greatest evangelistic enterprises of the 19th century.
The influence of Moody continues to this day with the schools he founded, the church he planted, the publishing house he created, and, perhaps, most importantly, with the legacy of great and humble love for God and man he gave us.
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