Defining Grace

If we were on a game show together and had to define the words "embracing" and "grace," could you do it? Like, in a way that people really got what you're talking about and how it's a way of life for Christ followers? In a way that wouldn't embarrass me, your game show partner, on national TV?

I couldn't do it justice. My answer wouldn't be eloquent or articulate enough to take home any big prizes. Sure, they may give us a branded pen for showing up, but other than that we'd likely go away empty handed, maybe even a little humiliated.

The struggle is real, friend.
Theologians have been arguing and pondering grace for centuries.

Before we dive in and go wild with the Grace Mobile, let's take it out for a test drive, shall we? In fact, let's keep it on the showroom floor for a bit, take a pause for a few days and get our feet grounded in some basic terminology. Deal?

Here's what Merriam-Websters Dictionary says about grace.

Simple Definition of grace

: a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward
: a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving
graces : skills that are needed for behaving in a polite way in social situations

Full Definition of grace (NOUN)

  • 1a :  unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b :  a virtue coming from God c :  a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
  • 2a :  1. approval, 1. favor <stayed in his good graces> b archaic :  1. mercy, 1. pardon c :  a special favor :  1. privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling> d :  disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency e :  a temporary exemption :  1. reprieve
  • 3a :  a charming or attractive trait or characteristic b :  a pleasing appearance or effect :  2. charm <all the grace of youth — John Buchan> c :  ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
  • 4—used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop
  • 5:  a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
  • 6 plural capitalized :  three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty
  • 7:  a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura
  • 8a :  sense of propriety or right <had the grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin> b :  the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful

Interesting, right? Did you know that grace not only means the beautiful gift of unmerited favor, but it also refers to three goddesses in Greek mythology and is a musical term? I had no idea. Talk about the importance of context when we're having conversations with people, right?

If you lived out the grace defined in 1 a-c above, like really lived it, believed it, embraced it, owned it and never forgot it, even in your most desperate moments, would your daily outlook on life be a little different?

Today let's ponder the grace that will rock our life. Choose a question from the list below that pulls at your heart strings today. Or join me and work through them all!

The Daily Grace Challenge

Before you start, take a quick minute and skim through the definitions again and pick two that you feel best apply to your walk with Jesus right nowWhich apply to your daily living? How about your relationships with loved ones, coworkers and the lady at the grocery store?
  1. How would living out the grace defined in 1 a-c above change your life if you let it sink deep into your soul?
  2. Would your relationship with Jesus change?
  3. How would this type of grace change your marriage, friendships and family?
  4. Would you treat yourself differently if you lived out this type of grace?

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