Some folks asked me to define “Grace.” How do you do that? Are they asking for a definition of the word, or what Grace is? I’m sure every Christian heard Grace defined as, “God’s Unmerited Favor.” But what does that mean? It seems to me that it’s more of a philosophical definition.
So let’s find a working definition . . . try this: Grace is God’s ability to do, what you don’t have the ability to do. Do you have the ability to save yourself? Of course not. It requires God’s Grace: God’s Ability.
Look at a few verses and think of that definition and see if it fits:
- Proverbs 3:34
He mocks proud mockers but gives grace (His ability) to the humble.
- Isaiah 26:10
Though grace (God’s abiltity) is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD.
- Jonah 2:8
“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace (the ability of God) that could be theirs
- Luke 2:40
And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace (ability) of God was upon him.
- John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace (God’s ability) and truth.
- John 1:16
From the fullness of his grace (God’s ability) we have all received one blessing after another
- John 1:17
For the law was given through Moses; grace (God’s ability) and truth came through Jesus Christ
- Acts 4:33
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all
I could list many more verses, but I think you get the point. Something that might be helpful for your every-day life. When you’re praying for a circumstance or situation you find yourself in, use your faith.
If you are praying for a family member or a friend, you need to ask that the Grace of God will affect the needed changes. What do I mean? Well, if you are trying to quit smoking, don’t ask for more faith to overcome the addiction. Ask for His Grace–His ability–to overcome the addiction. Think of it this way: Faith changes things, but Grace changes people.
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