Usually when we think “what is the meaning of grace?”, we think of it as being the unmerited favor of God. We often talk about mercy and grace together. We talk about how grace is receiving what we don’t deserve, and mercy is not receiving what we do deserve.
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What a wonderful Savior that has opened up the opportunity to be saved to all of mankind. It doesn’t matter what our last names are, how much money we have in the bank, of we have a college education, our skin color, our age, our background, or anything else. His mercy and grace are truly amazing!
As Romans 10:12-13 says,
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”Romans 10:12-13
We are truly blessed!
What Is Grace?
While unmerited favor from God is part of grace, there is another part to grace that God gives to His children. It is a great strength and encouragement that can encourage every child of God.
Not only does God choose us regardless of our circumstances or family tree, He also gives us divine influence and enabling power when He gives us grace.
In addition to unmerited favor, grace is the enabling power of God in our lives. The Bible says that after we receive His Spirit, we will receive power. That power helps us to be witnesses and to overcome sin.
So when we read the Word, there are a few scriptures that, if we read “grace” as the enabling power of God, rather than unmerited favor, it makes sense, and is more encouraging when we are facing a trial.
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One of those scriptures is 2 Corinthians 12:9, which says,
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.2 Corinthians 12:9
Is God’s unmerited favor sufficient when we need help, or is His enabling power sufficient when we need help? It’s beautiful that He loves us regardless of how good we are, but in times of trial, and walking through this crazy world, we need His enabling power.
Another scripture we can look at is Hebrews 4:16, which says,
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.Hebrews 4:16
Is the throne of grace a place of favor, or is it a place to receive power from on high? Do we need His unmerited favor in our time of need, or do we need His enabling power?
And finally, Titus 2:11-12 says,
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,Titus 2:11-12
Is it God’s favor that teaches us to say no, or is His enabling power that teaches us to say no, and to live godly lives in this world?
This does not take away from the meaning of the word “grace” that most of us are familiar with. It simply adds more to the definition, which gives us the confidence and the reminder that he enables us to overcome!
Let this be an encouragement and reminder to all of us, so that we can walk through this life without fear of the unknown, knowing that His grace will help us to make it through!