After doing a little homework I found that in order to learn the definition of God's grace, I needed to understand the Greek and Hebrew words behind this term.
An Old Testament word describing God's grace is chesed. This word speaks of deliverance from enemies, affliction, or adversity. It also indicates enablement, daily guidance, forgiveness, and preservation.
The New Testament word is Charis. It focuses on the provision of salvation.
Definition of God's Grace – How do theologians define it?
In the New Testament grace means God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves. Grace means God sending His only Son to the cross so that we guilty ones might be reconciled to God and received into heaven. ‘(God) hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
What is grace? Grace may be defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.
I don't know about you but I am so grateful for the Grace of God!
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" Ephesians 2:8-10
In honor of the Grace that Jesus has bestowed upon me I'd like to give this beautiful 8x10 portrait to one of you. This is just a simple photo of one of my roses. I turned it into an oil painting and then went back and added some watercolor. Something about it just spoke "Grace" to me. On the portrait you see that it has my logo and has also been downsized so it will not print any larger than a 4x6. But....whoever the winner is I will send you an 8x10 portrait without my logo and ready to frame. All you have to do to enter is comment. On Sunday all names will go into a basket and one lucky winner will be announced on Monday.
Without His Grace....
Oh where would I be?
Hugs and blessings, Cindy
If you get the chance turn your volume up and listen to this song by Israel and
New Bread called
"If Not For Your Grace".