June 6, 2019
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up together, and made us to sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:5-6 NKJV
To learn the definition of God's grace, it is important to understand the Greek and Hebrew words behind this word.
An Old Testament word describing God's grace is in Hebrew - chesed. This word speaks of deliverance from enemies, illness or trouble. It also indicates daily guidance, forgiveness, and protection.
The New Testament Greek word is Charis. It focuses on the giving of salvation.
What is grace? In the New Testament grace means God’s love in action towards men who deserve separation and death from Him. 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 descend into hell on the cross so that we, the guilty ones, might be forgiven by God and received into heaven.
"...you have received the glorious gift of grace - unearned, undeserved favor. No one and no set of circumstances can strip you of this lavish gift. You belong to Me forever!
Nothing in all creation will be able to separate you from My Love."
- Sarah Young, Walking in God's Grace
Have a blessed day!