By, the grace, of what or who? What is grace? Who is grace? How, does the grace, you say, help me? What is the big issue about grace? Is this grace thing real? Who gets the grace? Is grace for me? Is grace a woman or a man? Is grace a personal thing or a corporate thing? Is it a secret thing or public?
If you are a church goer, then you have probably heard the word or an explanation for the term grace. But if not then the word grace, may be the name of a female or some form of an emotion. It could even mean sparing the rod. There are so many assumptions for grace. But, “Grace” can surprise you!
As for Grace,
According to “The Free Dictionary”- GRACE
(grs) used in Noun form:
1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement. 3. A sense of fitness or propriety.
4. disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill
b. Mercy; clemency.
5. A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.
6.A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve.
7. Graces Greek & Roman Mythology Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty.
8. a. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
b. The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
c. An excellence or power granted by God.
9. A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.
10. Grace Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
11. Music An appoggiatura, trill, or other musical ornament in the music of 16th and 17th century England.
Definition of GRACE according to Merriam-Webster
1a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b : a virtue coming from God
c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
3a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic
b : a pleasing appearance or effect :charm <all the grace of youth — John Buchan>
c : ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
4—used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop
5: a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
6 pluralcapitalized: three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty
7: a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura
8 a: sense of propriety or right had the grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin
b : the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful
GRACE is, or could be, a concept, a theme, perspective, a promise, a leisure or maybe a God Given inalienable right. Is it earned? Is it bought, gained or given? Is it time or is it a I owe you? It depends on what you believe. Beliefs can be right or wrong. But biblically there is only one right. God’s right. I am speaking Biblically.
So as a human what do you believe about grace?
Biblically speaking here it is:
Grace is sparing me from something dreadful. But according to Zondervan, “Grace is being released to us, to release us from the dominion of sin, for believers.” Believers have more pull with God than the sinner. Zondervan also states that “Grace is portraying a compassionate response from one who is able to change the situation or to help someone in need.
Grace can be demonstrated by humans, but true grace is given by God. Grace is not a human. Grace is an action. Grace has been given to us all, from one extent to another. Grace helps you by sparing you from the destructive hands of satan. Grace also help you find your way back to God, if you get off track. Without grace you would not be given the opportunity to get it right with God. The big issue about grace is that Grace is a pardon! Pardon for the terrible sins we commit. When we hear the word pardon we think of prisoners. No, pardon is the only thing that is giving us grace. Grace is real, if it was not, then the car that ran the red light, might not of missed you. Grace is real, someone was dying in your family, and someone prayed for that person to be healed, and suddenly they were healed, that’s grace. You lost something, someone found it and returned it, that was grace. A bully stops bullying you, that’s grace.
When you did something wrong as a child, and you know you should have gotten it, but your parents just talked to you, that’s grace. America with it many sins, has not completely been destroyed, that’s grace. A person commits murder, but given life, that’s grace, especially when they know they should have gotten death. God’s grace is like love so big, that it deletes all the mistakes, you can’t even see the wrongs anymore, because grace makes them all right and forgotten. We all should be dead, but God has given us grace to live and get it right with Him. A fool that loves to sin, and is not quickly destroyed, that’s grace. I hope you kinda get the idea. This thing called grace is nor male or female. Grace is no secret, it is offered to us all. It’s not favored to any one person, or any one race of people.
God discriminates, but grace does not, and grace is extended to us by God. How is both capable, discrimination and grace?