What is grace anyways? What is that elusive commodity that most (if we were to be honest) would rather receive than dispense?
Here’s a definition from Dictionary.com
1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action: We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice. Synonyms: attractiveness, charm, gracefulness, comeliness,
Antonyms: stiffness,ugliness, awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness.
2. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment: “He lacked the manly graces.” (Excuse meh…)
3. favor or goodwill. Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension.
4. a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior: “It was only through the dean’s grace that I wasn’t expelled from school” .Synonyms: forgiveness, charity, mercifulness. Antonyms:animosity, enmity, disfavor.
5. mercy; clemency; pardon: “He was saved by an act of grace from the governor”. Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve.Antonyms: harshness.
We now live in a graceless age of entitlement & victimization where it’s easy to confuse grace with justice & mercy.
Here’s the difference.
JUSTICE- Busted on I-75 for speeding, a cop pulls you over and issues a speeding ticket.
MERCY – Busted on I-75 for speeding, a cop pulls you over and lets you go with just a warning.
GRACE – Busted on I-75 for speeding, a copper pulls you over while having a very bad day and chooses to dig his act–change his normal tune and then lets you off with a warning after handing you $100.00.
Here’s another elucidation of grace that cuts closer to the bone & heart.
(Reprinted without authorization from ChristianCourier.com while depending on their grace that it’s OK)
The True Meaning of Grace
The concept of God’s “grace” is thrilling beyond words. It shines its brightest, however, against the backdrop of another aspect of our Creator’s nature — that of sacred wrath. The most common Greek word for “wrath” is orge. The term occurs 36 times in the New Testament (cf. Romans 1:18; 2:5). Another expression denoting “wrath” is thymos (18times; cf. Revelation 16:19; 19:15). Most scholars make some distinction between the
terms. Some suggest that thymos is “boiling” anger, whereas orge reflects an “abiding and settled” state of mind. Standing over against the starkness of sacred wrath, is the dazzling concept of “grace.”
“Grace” derives from the Greek, charis. In secular Greek, charis was related to chairo, “to rejoice.” As far back as Homer it denoted “sweetness” or “attractiveness.” It came to signify “favor,” “goodwill,” and “lovingkindness”— especially as granted by a superior to an inferior.
In the New Testament, “grace” (156 times) takes on a special & redemptive sense in which God makes available his favor on behalf of sinners, who actually do not deserve it.
A to the men on that one.
Copy 10-4 Alpha, Tango, Foxtrot Charlie on the “not deserving” tip.
As we say in Detroit; “I likes that“.
Here’s my definition of grace;
Grace is like getting a kiss on the lips when deserving a bullet to the temple.
Oh Lord…help us to walk in grace and allow your grace to live through us…just for today
GOD BLESS YOUR HEARTS!