What is Grace?

What is Grace?

Grace is a word that we hear used in a few songs. We may hear the phrase, “Have some grace with the person,” but what does the word, “grace” mean? Does it mean to have mercy? Not really.

According to the definition in Strong’s dictionary, it can be defined several ways:

1. graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act
2. (especially) the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life
3. (also) gratitude
{abstract or concrete, literal, figurative or spiritual}
[from G5463]
KJV: acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace(- ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank(-s, -worthy)

The second definition really grabbed my attention. Grace is God’s influence on our life and as a result of that influence we reflect to others what God has done in our life! Am I a reflection of who God is?

I also looked at how the word, “grace,” is used in the Bible. In the New Testament alone it is used 127 times.

I found a verse in 2 Cor. which really helps define what grace is.

2Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

In the last part of this verse, God defined grace by saying that the power of Christ is upon him. We could reword and personalize this and say:

God’s divine influence, the miracle power of Christ, is enough for me because God’s strength, his dunamis power, is made complete in my weakness. Because of this I will take great pleasure in rejoicing in my frailty (sickness or weakness) that the miraculous dynamite power of the Anointed one may rest on me.

Yes, Lord! It is all because of you, your grace, that I am who I am. Receive the glory that is due to your name through your people today.

Listening to Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) now has new meaning.

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