Lent Day 13
Grace, a noun
* beauty of form or movement
* a sense of what is right
* a short prayer of thanksgiving before a meal
* a delayed allowance as a favor
Grace, in the Christian context is defined as the unmerited mercy that God gave to mankind by sending His Son to die on a cross and give us eternal salvation.
Synonyms: elegance, poise, ease, pardon, charity, forgiveness, benevolence, prayer, generosity, respect, esteem, enrich, glorify, and elevate.
Antonyms: disfavor, ugliness, tactless, ill-will, spoil, insult.
one can fall from grace, have grace, extend grace, and be in good or bad graces with another person.
Grace is related to three greek words:
1) Charis: the state of kindness and favor, often with the focus on benefiting another.
2) Charisma: gracious gift
3) Chairo: to rejoice, be glad, and delight
The Hebrew word for grace is Chen, which is defined as favor, charm, and the moral quality of kindness.
Grace and Mercy are two parallel aspects of God’s character: Grace is getting the good that we do not deserve, and Mercy is not getting the bad we do deserve. Grace is God’s favor, that which God does for the benefit of His people. It is something we can never earn through works; it is totally free.
Grace conquers sin
It is a way of life
It is sufficient
It lightens our burden
It is beyond our understanding
It is the opposite of ego
It helps us to accept
It fills our hearts
It sustains us
It allows God to see us for our best, and not for our worst
It allows us to love and be loved
It fills our churches, our homes, and our lives
It is glory with no beginning and no end
It is eternal
It is assurance and peace
It is hope and light
It is all around us
Grace is Amazing.
how sweet the sound
that sav’d a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
was blind but now I see”
~ John Newton