“People talk about grace, but, as a rule, they know very little about it. Let a businessman visit a banker to borrow a few thousand 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 cosign the note. 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 both principal and interest at the appointed time, they will sell his possessions. They will perhaps evict him from his house and take the last piece of furniture he owns.”
D. L. Moody (1837-1899) was an American evangelist who founded the Northfield Schools in Massachusetts, Moody Church and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the Colportage Association. His is considered by many to be one of the most fruitful evangelists of all time.
Moody concludes, “That is not grace at all, but it fairly illustrates man’s idea of it. Real grace not only frees you from payment of the interest, but of the principal as well.”