and bestows upon them so many benefits
that the One who chose and blessed them
is seen as gloriously lovely and praiseworthy.
(Psalm 103:1-5; Ephesians 1:3-7; 2:5-9; 1 Corinthians 1:26)
Grace reveals the face of the most Lovely
in the midst of trials to the most unlovely,
then makes them into that same lovely image.
(2 Corinthians 1:9; 3:18; 1 John 3:1-2)
But what is greatest about grace
is the joy of knowing and being known
by the glorious One who gave it.
(John 1:18; 1 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 2:7)