In Doctrine and Covenants 93, we learn that during the mortal life of Jesus Christ he “received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness.” We are promised we can grow from grace to grace as we follow in Christ’s footsteps, eventually receiving a fulness of glory and truth in our heavenly home.
What does it mean to grow from grace to grace? How can we move forward in our eternal progression with faith in our limitations and setbacks? These six quotes can help give us a better idea.
May we refuse to let our own mortal follies, and the inevitable shortcomings of even the best men and women around us, make us cynical about the truths of the gospel, the truthfulness of the Church, our hope for our future, or the possibility of godliness. If we persevere, then somewhere in eternity our refinement will be finished and complete—which is the New Testament meaning of perfection.
I testify of that grand destiny, made available to us by the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself continued “from grace to grace” until in His immortality He received a perfect fulness of celestial glory. I testify that in this and every hour He is, with nail-scarred hands, extending to us that same grace, holding on to us and encouraging us, refusing to let us go until we are safely home in the embrace of Heavenly Parents. For such a perfect moment, I continue to strive, however clumsily. For such a perfect gift, I continue to give thanks, however inadequately. – Jeffrey R. Holland | Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually
In the many trials of life, when we feel abandoned and when sorrow, sin, disappointment, failure, and weakness make us less than we should ever be, there can come the healing salve of the unreserved love in the grace of God. It is a love that forgives and forgets, a love that lifts and blesses. It is a love that sustains a new beginning on a higher level and thereby continues “from grace to grace.” – James E. Faust | A Personal Relationship with the Savior
As we learn, we are capable of being kind, without envy, not easily provoked, rejoicing in truth, bearing, believing, hoping, enduring all things. Charity comes to us as we move from grace to grace and as we build precept on precept. Such love, or charity, does not spring whole and steady in most lives, but it can come as we learn and grow and reach for ways to know God’s love. – Aileen H. Clyde | Charity and Learning
The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith that all who keep the commandments will be blessed with grace from heaven—the love of Christ, charity, compassion, mercy, kindness, honesty.
These are the characteristics of the Savior. These we must seek for ourselves. The Lord has promised that if we obey Him, He will lead us from grace to grace.
Then shall we not obey? Shall we not plan for it? Shall we not seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first, last, and always? We must never allow our religion to slip into second place in our lives. – Mark E. Peterson | We Believe in Being Honest
Discover and develop spiritual gifts. Heavenly Father gave us these gifts to help us identify, perform, and enjoy the work He has for us . As we discover our gifts, we have a responsibility to develop them. Even Jesus Christ “received not of the fulness at first, but [developed] from grace to grace.” – John C. Pingree Jr. | I Have a Work for Thee
In 1833, information also came indicating that Jesus grew from “grace to grace” until He received a fulness. This is so helpful, especially in view of how the Father and the Son have encouraged us, afresh, to become more like them by developing the requisite qualities in our lives. What Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount about striving for this grand goal was said in earnest.
We possess these precious truths! Now they must come to possess us! We are to search them, to ponder them, to feel them, and to live by them!
They are not just theological niceties and philosophical footnotes. We need to ponder their implications as well as believe in their declarations regarding daily and eternal life. – Neal A. Maxwell | Called and Prepared from the Foundation of the World
Do you have any other favorite quotes that inspire you in your journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ?