From the New Testament, James chapter 4, verse 6: But He gives us more grace.
If you have not seen the classic tale The Princess Bride you are truly missing out. It is the love story of a young farm girl named Buttercup and the stable boy turned hero, Wesley. In the beginning of the story we find that nothing brought Buttercup greater pleasure than to abuse Wesley and she would have him do the most menial tasks. “Shine this saddle,” she would say or “Farm boy, Fill these water buckets.” Each and every time Wesley would respond with a simple, “As you wish.” But over time Buttercup went from abusing Wesley to being curiously changed by Wesley and to her amazement she realized that her heart was melting towards Wesley. This happened because every time he would say, “As you wish,” she found that what he was really saying was, “I love you.” To Buttercup’s greater amazement, she realized that not only did Wesley truly love her but that she truly loved Him! She was changed by His Love which was demonstrated through the act of my life for yours.
This is the same way Christ is with us. At first we come to Jesus and we abuse him by cheapening his grace. We treat Christ as our assistant or business partner rather than our lover, our husband, our King.
Yet each and every time we do this we are told But He gives us more grace (James 4:6). But over time as he ‘gives us more grace’ and as we grow in our faith we will find ourselves being curiously changed. This happens because when he says, “I give you more grace…” we realize that what he really is saying is: I love you. To our greater amazement we realize that not only does Christ loves us, but truly we love Him.
The clip from The Princess Bride is here below.