God’s grace versus God’s mercy

Every Thanksgiving, families of the faithful traditionally say “grace” at the table before beginning their bountiful feast. They say grace as a reminder to be thankful to the Lord God and all the blessings that the Father in heaven has bestowed upon them. This tradition instills a sense of humility, which is essential to a healthy spiritual life.

Humility has levels of intensity.

And, according to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, the angels inhabiting the highest heavens have the greatest humility. Their humility is so great that they do not attribute their wellbeing to God’s grace and kindness, but to a much deeper principle of Divine Love—God’s pure mercy.

This higher level of thankfulness and humility comes with an acknowledgement that all goodness and life flows into us from the God of heaven—continuously. This merciful and heavenly inflow includes a spiritual cleansing, a forgiveness of our sins and a careful sharing of the true principles of worship.

These highest of angels acknowledge God’s greatest gift of heavenly bounty—salvation!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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