Thursday, March 21, 2013
What is “GRACE”
My Webster Dictionary explain the meaning of GRACE as this:
Favour:..... Charm:...... Loveliness:
Kindness shown to another:
Willingness to grant something:
All done out of pure kindness without expecting anything in return:
Being granted a privilege":
To make more worthy:
The first example of grace in the Bible is Genesis 6:8:
(Of course there are many more)
Genesis 6:8: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (KJV)
Some translations use the word Favour instead of grace, but the root word is Chen which means “graciousness, that is, subjectively (kindness, favour) or objectively (beauty): - favour, grace (-ious), pleasant, precious, favoured.”
In Genesis chapter 6, God is looking at the world, looking at the people He created, and His heart is broken.
His creation, at that time, was all about evil, all the time, and the Bible says that the Lord regretted that he had ever made human beings…
with one exception.
God showed “grace” (all the above ^ all the time) to Noah and his family.
The Bible says that Noah was righteous, even blameless among the people of his time,
and that he was faithful to God, but it doesn’t explicitly say that that is why God saved Noah and his family.
It just says that Noah found favour grace.... (all the above ^ all the time) in the eyes of the Lord.
I believe that God saved Noah because of his heart, not because of what Noah was (or wasn’t) doing.
God shows grace (all the above ^ all the time) to us every day of our lives,
and will continue to show us grace (all the above ^ all the time) until the day we die.
Romans 3:23-24 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(24) and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (NIV)
If you’ve been going through life, frantically trying to do your best, perhaps it’s time to stop and receive God’s best instead.
Psalms 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (NIV)