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a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b : a virtue coming from God
c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
a : approval, favor
b archaic : mercy, pardon
c : a special favor : privilege
d : disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e : a temporary exemption : reprieve
Grace in Christianity is the free and unmerited favour of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowing of blessings. It is God's gift of salvation granted to sinners for their salvation. Common Christian teaching is that grace is unmerited mercy (favor) that God gave to humanity by sending his son to die on a cross, thus delivering eternal salvation. This definition does not cover all uses of the term in scripture. For example Luke 2:40 (King James Version) "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." In this example when using the definition of grace to mean unmerited favor it does not make sense, to some, that the sinless Christ would need this. However many Christians believe that upon him means integral with or through him (John 1:17, NIV). This at its root means literally Christ dispenses Gods grace from himself. Equally some say, how can one fall short of grace? (Galatians 5:4) or meekness attract it and pride repel it (James 4:6) if it is unmerited. However many Christians believe that the grace of God is accessed simply as an act of faith. Romans 3:23 (KJV) states "For all have sinned,and come short of the glory of God;" yet Romans 6:23 (NIV) states, "For the wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God) but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." In sum John 3:16 (KJV) says "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son,that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." For example James Ryle has suggested "Grace is the empowering Presence of God enabling you to be who He created you to be, and to do what He has called you to do." Alternatively Bill Gothard has suggested "God's grace gives us the desire and the power to do his will."
In the New Testament, the word translated as grace is the Greek word charis (Greek χάρις), pronounced khar'-ece, for which Strong's Concordance gives this definition; "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)"  A Greek word that is related to charis is charisma (gracious gift). Both these words originated from another Greek word chairo (to rejoice, be glad, delighted). In the Old Testament, the Hebrew term used is chen  (חֵן), which is defined in Strong's as "favor, grace or charm; grace is the moral quality of kindness, displaying a favorable disposition". In the King James translation, Chen is translated as "grace" 38 times, "favour" 26 times, twice as "gracious", once as "pleasant", and once as "precious".
God had his/her opportunity to guide us and look what has happened.
originally posted by: Jonjonj
I think that the hope for our human race can only come from those of us who are willing to provide it. If not, from where? If grace must come from a divine intervention, sadly, I feel that we will be a long time waiting.
My importance to society is the importance I have for those who are in my circle of reference.
Grace is, in my opinion, what I am offered by my circle in SPITE of the mistakes I may make, the same as I give the same to those I believe to have erred.
Thanks for the gift of life however, thanks I give everyday, to my son for existing, and showing me the innocence of his world, that I, as an adult, have somehow lost the ability to see.
originally posted by: subtopia
Truthful Reasoning does not negate the unexplained, in fact it accepts it more than religious faith. Submission to the unknown is but a pale shadow to the illumination of the human capacity to question and explore the as yet unknown which is what a miracle is.
Just look at the photos from Hubble and see the miracle, which is the universe within which we exist or hold a leaf in your hand and marvel at the wonder of how such a simple looking expression of nature evolved to feed an entire rain forest, I can go on.
'My existence is a miracle upon which I determine to the best of my capacity to continue so that I may experience the wonder of my experiences within it.' Andrew
Praise him from whom our talents flow. Praise him above who loves below. Praise to the one who set us free. May we stand tall to honor thee.
originally posted by: randyvs
a reply to: tetra50
SnF for the thread tetra.
I hope a great harvest yields and is in accordance, equal
to the earth you sow and farm for the truth. As grace has made
provisions for you to do so.
originally posted by: Jonjonj
Thank you for understanding what I wanted to say and not Interpreting what you thought I said. It is a rare person who can actually see what another is saying without imposing their own interpretation on that understanding.