Grace. The mere mention of the word brings a feeling of beauty, peace and comfort. It’s a word to describe the movement of a ballet dancer, or the way a person may handle him or herself when faced with crisis or adversity. It’s a word you hear in church, and songs that are sung there and is described as unmerited favor. It’s a word that appears many times in the Bible. In popular culture, the word seems to be disappearing. It is being pushed out by many in the younger generation, and helped out the door by technological “no excuses” ways of thinking. It doesn’t fit into the “do what I want, I don’t care what you think, in your face” attitude that is sweeping our society. In fact, in seems more and more that grace or even being gracious is a sign of weakness in a person. Those with this view, couldn’t be more wrong. It takes greater strength to respond with grace, than to react with unrestrained emotion. The American Heritage Dictionary lists several meanings for grace:

Noun: 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. a. A 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. In Greek mythology, Graces, three sister godesses 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 ornanment in the music of 16th and 17th century England. Verb: graced, grac·ing, grac·es. 1. To honor or favor: You grace our table with your presence. 2. To give beauty, elegance, or charm to. 3.Music. To embellish with grace notes.

The grace you hear about in chuch is found in meaning number 8, as in the song “Amazing Grace” The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith–and this not from yourselves. It is a gift of God…” In this verse, grace is translated from the Greek word charis pronounced (khar’-ece). Strong’s Greek Concordance equates grace to favor and kindness. The entire message of the Bible is that yes, man fell short of what God’s purpose was and deserves to suffer the consequences of his choices (or sins), but because of God’s great and unlimited love for us, He chose to send His son Jesus to suffer our punishment (total separation from God and His love and goodness, eternal suffering) for us. The blood Jesus Christ shed while being crucified washes away our sin when we believe and accept Him into our heart. There is nothing more that we can do for Jesus himself said It is finished” (John 19:30) before He died. There is no greater kindness and love that can ever be demonstrated.

When we remember all this on a daily basis and the fact that He rose again, how could we not want to show that same grace to one another? How could we not want to give Him our all? It’s amazing though, all He asks is for us to believe and accept through faith.

If you would like to accept Him as your saviour, or rededicate your life, pray this prayer:

“Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to die for my sins. I confess that I’m a sinner, and ask that You would come into my heart, and wash me clean with Your blood. I’m done trying to live on my own. I need You to lead and guide me. I choose to follow You and make You my Lord and Savior for all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

I’ll close this with a poem I wrote in August of 2009. Be blessed, everyone!

Undeserved Grace

He considers me of priceless value.
However could this be?
For all of my human frailities
He chooses not to see.

He looks upon my heart with love,
Made pure through the blood of His Son.
He sees me as perfect and complete
Since victory on the cross was won.

He called me from the ends of the earth,
lavishing me with undeserved grace.
Choosing me to serve His will
Promising one day, I’ll see His face.

Oh, to be given such a precious gift
Knowing I could never repay.
I’ll forever worship at His feet
and there my crown, I’ll lay.

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