8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), 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).
Total KJV occurrences: 156
Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
From H2603; graciousness, that is, subjectively (kindness, favor) or objectively (beauty): – favour, grace (-ious), pleasant, precious, [well-] favoured.
Total KJV occurrences: 69
Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
A state of justification provided by God.
A state of approval or favor (in his good graces)
A trait of charming attractiveness or characteristic
A title such as Duke, Duchess or an Archbishop
A short prayer before a meal.
A musical trill, turn or appoggiatura
A sense of right and wrong (he had the grace to not speak out)
To have Grace is a life changing experience and event.. no matter which of these definitions you apply, but certainly that of ‘unmerited divine favor’
I remember several instances in my childhood where I got something that came, as they say, ‘out of the blue’. It wasn’t Christmas, it wasn’t my birthday, it wasn’t any holiday, it wasn’t even needed. It was just ‘one of those times’ that my father gave me a gift because he loved me and he could afford it. But the greatest gift my father ever gave to me was himself. The time he spent with me playing ball, working in the yard, or cranking ice cream, or sometimes, just talking.
God is the same way. He loves you and He can afford it. He can give you a gift any time he chooses. God gave us fathers to be a picture of sorts of who He is. No earthly father can ever measure up to Him but all of them show us a part of Him.
The greatest gift you have ever been given is Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that we are ALL sinners. We are sinners because of who we are, not what we have done. We do sinful acts because of our sinful nature. Our destination in eterinty is a place called Hell. God, with His Grace, sent Jesus to pay the price, die on the cross and stand in your place in order that you might be saved. All God wants you to do is accept his Son as your Saviour, confess Him with your mouth that He is your Saviour and you shall be saved.
Grace is the rescue of the damned in spite of what it looks like it should be. We all deserve to spend eternity in Hell, but God gave us Grace. Grace is God reaching down to man. That is the ONLY way to heaven. Religion is man trying to reach God. Only through a relationship with Christ and God’s Amazing Grace can you find Heaven as your reward.
Most unsaved people do not have any clue about God’s Grace. They have no feeling of a need for God as they don’t know they have a need for a Saviour. We must help them find that need. We must pray for them, we must plant that seed, we must live that life, we must be willing to share Christ with them whenever we can.
Even though they never knew they needed a Saviour, God sent His son to die in our place that through Him, we might be saved. This was done long before you knew you needed it in your life. In music, there is a note called the ‘grace’ note. It is actually quite common, especially with instrumental expressionists. That note is a very small note, almost none existent. It is only used to enhance another note and never used on its own. It modifies and enhances the note it is ‘gracing’ without changing the basic character of the note. That particular note will never be the same after it is ‘graced’ properly.
Grace from God is similar to the ‘Grace Note’. It is there, but never exists apart from that which it is ‘gracing’. It appears minor, almost non-existant, but is actually much more important than you can ever realize. It will change your life without changing your basic being. This is the miracle of God.
We have heard Grace defined as ‘un-merited favor’ and that is a simple explanation. But it does the act a disservice in that it diminishes it and its importance, if you don’t know what Grace really is.
Grace is God freely giving to you, His child, something you didn’t deserve or earn. Grace is not your daily bread or the clothes on your back, it is not the very air you breath. It is not something you have gone out and earned the money for and purchased on your very own. It is not something that was expected.
Ephesians 2:8-9Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved ([a]delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. 10That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.…
Romans 5:20Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
20 But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded,
Amazing Grace Lyrics
Amazing grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.
May God bless you with His Grace. Amen
Numbers 6:24-26New King James Version (NKJV)