Restored unto Grace for Grace – Helaman 12:24

24 And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be restored unto grace for grace, according to their works.
(Helaman 12:24)

After lamenting the pride and stubbornness which comes so easily to us, Mormon expresses his deep desire that all people will repent. Through repentance, we overcome our bad habits and foolish decisions and begin to perform good works. That process of repenting and beginning to do good unlocks the power of God in our lives which helps us to overcome the “natural man” and become saints through the atonement of Jesus Christ. (See Mosiah 3:19.)
The Bible Dictionary tells us that grace enables individuals to “receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts” (Bible Dictionary, “Grace“).

We have all experienced God’s grace in our lives, and we have all at times cut ourselves off from receiving that grace by hardening our hearts and failing to do what we know we should do. Through repentance, Mormon tells us, we can be “restored unto grace for grace.”  In other words, we can once again receive the enabling power of God in our lives, so that we can perform the good works that we cannot perform alone, but which are necessary for our salvation. 
Today, I will remember that repentance unlocks the grace of God in my life. I will repent, so that I may receive that enabling power, knowing that God can help me do far more than I could have done on my own.
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