Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!
Grace Greater Than Our Sin by Julia H. Johnson (1910 pub. Domain)
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
Amazing Grace by John Newton (1779 pub. Domain)
What is grace? According to Google dictionary grace is defined as “ the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” And this is correct, but it doesn’t go anywhere near far enough. God’s grace covers so much, in so many ways that I will never be able to finish describing His grace.
The English word “grace” comes from the New Testament Greek word χάρις (charis) which means, according to Strong’s Bible dictionary, “ of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): – acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).” It occurs 156 times in the Bible. That’s good, but we still need more; a lot more.
1Peter 4.10 says that we are to become good managers of the grace of God, in its various forms (WEB). The KJV says the manifold grace of God, the Tree of Live Bible says it is the many-sided grace and the ESV calls it God’s varied grace. So, there are many ways that God expresses His grace towards us, and we are to be good stewards or managers of this grace. So, if we are told to be good managers then maybe we should actually know what we are managing and sharing with others.
I want to make sure that we aren’t confusing grace and mercy. They are similar in nature and purpose, but they are different. Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mercy is deliverance from judgment. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.” God’s grace (blessings) come in many forms.
First, grace comes to us in allowing us to become Christians. Mercy is also involved. Mercy is the gift (grace) that God gives us, forgiving our sin. Mercy is one of the first of many gifts that our Father gives to His children.
As we grow in faith (another grace or gift) we are given strength. This is an often unmentioned grace. We ask for strength, and rejoice when He strengthens us, but we seldom think of it as grace.
And on, and on. God is gracious towards us on a daily basis. There is no end to His grace while we are seeking to do His will.