The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
I have often seen the following acronym to define “grace:” God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. This mnemonic refers to salvation and the unmerited gift that God gave to us when His Son died on the cross. Although I do agree that salvation is the greatest example of God’s grace, I believe that His grace is so much more.
The dictionary lists over a dozen definitions of grace, and I would like to write about a few different uses of the word in relation to God. First off, grace is “elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.” God truly is beautiful. While I have never physically seen God (in fact, no one has according to John 1:18), His creation demonstrates his artistry and loveliness (Psalm 19:1).
Grace could also be defined as “favor or goodwill.” God is kind, benevolent, and gentle. He condescends to have a relationship with us, despite the fact that we often disobey him.
A third definition of grace is “a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior.” In my mind, this is where salvation comes into play. Romans 5:8 says, “God shows His love for us because while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God is our superior. He displayed his unmerited favor by sending Christ to save us.
Perhaps the most personal definition of grace, and the final thought I want to leave with you, is that grace is “the condition of being in God’s favor.” Are you in a state of grace?