The Elusive Definition of Grace

I’m a ‘grace man’! I’ve been talking about grace publicly for at least 29 years. It’s definitely one of my very favorite subjects to talk about. And even though grace has been an integral part of everything I’ve done since my life ‘made the turn’, so to speak, in 1984…I don’t consider myself to be any kind of authority on it. I know a lot about grace. A lot of that knowledge has come from reading about it in the Bible. Very valuable ‘information’ to say the least! But it’s easy for me to say that I know a lot about grace…..mainly because I’ve experienced a lot of it!

There’s a number of good definitions out there for grace. I’m sure you’ve heard some of them. “The unmerited favor of God”; that’s a good one…and I totally agree with it. An acrostic that others use goes like this: God’s Rewards At Christ’s Expense”. And while ‘unmerited favor’, and ‘God’s Rewards…’ are great definitions, for me, they fall short in defining grace when it’s experienced by those needing it the most.

I’ve tried a few times to come up with my own definition of grace but always end up somewhat frustrated. I think that’s because I don’t have the vocabulary to adequately define grace and it’s effect and positive repercussions in my life. And, seriously,  I’m not sure anyone actually has a broad enough vocabulary to define the incredible, profound (but extremely simple too!) treasure that we call grace! ….and in some fascinating way….I think the Father likes that!

I think it comes down to this; For those who’ve never actually experienced grace personally….it’s an easy word to define. But for those of us who’ve received a lot of it…..we’re still looking for the words that can adequately explain it to someone else!

Jesus was the perfect embodiment of grace; grace in the Flesh! Grace is there for you! It’s there in, and for, every situation in your life. Embrace Him……and experience, firsthand, this ‘thing’ called grace. I think you’ll agree with me….the definition of grace is very elusive!

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