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Grace just is
Grace is unmerited favor: the favor that is ours simply because God in His love bestows it on us, and the favor we then offer freely to others because we ourselves have no need to demand a return.
WHAT IS GRACE?
Grace is peace with PA-ZAZ, to me. However we all have our own definition of certain words. With my travels for 3yrs now I have noticed that words may have different meanings to individuals. For an example; I am from Brooklyn NY I would use a. “book bag” for school. As I got older I would use the “book bag” to describe “back packs”. When I was in Mexico I was shopping and translated book bag, not only did they misunderstand me but the Americans I was traveling with also did not understand what I was speaking about. BACK PACK was the “universal” word. However because of my previous experience book bag meant back pack for me. Other words that have different means depending the state are: Pop/Soda, Sneakers/Tennis Shoes etc.
With that being sad “GRACE” universal meaning is having elegance, however can you have grace without peace? 🙂
Well first of all. Intentionally veiled. So the question begs a degree of conjecture. I speak of its definitive being. That we speak of it at all is its presence in our lives…its unmistakable effect. And while we do not control it, it is something we must acquiesce to for it to be manifest on our lives on some level. I often write here metaphorically as I am a storyteller. Grace is observable in my opinion. A flurry of birds, hundreds of them alternatively climbing and diving, darting one direction and then another….a school of fish…they are working together (the individual will is secondary to the will of the group) and they are guided by something bigger than them.
Grace is a praying mantis moving on a leaf.
Grace is a frail elder tenderly speaking with their grandchild (or great grandchild).
Grace is the huge guy in the parking lot of Walmart today, turning back to offer to let me pet his puppy, tenderly cradled in his arm.
Grace is looking up at the beautiful night sky, and knowing you are not alone, and you are loved.
Grace is letting that beauty and love spill over.
“Grace is the ability to redefine the boundaries of possibility”
Gads! Words are inadequate to describe it. This is not “the” definition but from my experience:)
It is that gift that allows you to be more than just human. It allows Divine love to flow through you activating your gift of “divinity” and with the consent of your will, allows you to go beyond yourself in experience, thought or action.
It can also create a peace in the “soul” when there is turmoil or fear.
It is a gift – a form of Divine Love.
PS – My hubby walked in and I told him I was answering my Gratitude question about what is Grace, and he said “Its me – I AM your Grace” – though trying to be funny I saw some truth in that:)
Grace is divine and scared love that is given with no strings attached. Don and SK both said it beautifully.
In my direct experience:
The very warp and weft of the weaving of the Divine fabric itself by the Creator;
The Creator’s awareness and attention to the detail of this unfolding creation;
From the perfection of the invisible through to the swirling of super clusters of galaxies and beyond;
The very being – I am here, you are here, we are here. Love.
Unmerited, continuous love from God. We cannot earn it, pay it back nor do we deserve it. Yet, there it is every single morning a gift just for us.
I couldn’t put it any better. My feelings exactly
Grace is knowing God made you so you can praise Him.
Grace is letting go of what I think needs to happen and letting things be.
I like that:)
Grace for me is like showing mercy. Walking in forgiveness. Surrendering. Acceptance. Being thankful and open.
At this site, I’ll go with: 2. courteous goodwill.
There’s this one, too: 1. simple elegance or refinement of movement.
Grace is what we get when we let Love/God drive.
Let go & Let God… grace flows from that state and allows us to see and feel the beauty, the blessings, the miracles… all of which there is a great abundance of. Something I don’t always remember, so I appreciate this question today!
The gift of morning is truly gift. My place in the world at this moment. Where hummingbirds hummm, apples fall ripe, squirrels leap limb to limb, the doe protects the faun grazing near the buck, the last of the tomatoes hang full. So much is unsettling, troubling waters, rising fear, violence near. Yet somewhere – here, now – is calm ordinary beauty and a dearly beloved dog still sleeps. This is grace: undeserved favor.
Very nice, Roy.
What is a miracle by grace in action. Once we shift out of every day mind I think we see everything around us is as in some way a Miracle.. For me this is the biggest lesson of this whole gratefulness movement. To see reality with a set of eyes that sees the miraculous and the grace at work in all things. One of my prayers and aspirations is for that mental shift.
The Love of God, expressed through motion guided by the Holy Spirit. ( the feminine aspect of God )
And “motion” is the purpose of every Human being….. “You must Search and find the heavens within you and when you reach this levels, you must work to bring all these blessings from the heavens down to the earth.”
I cannot improve upon some of the definitions already posted – Dusty Su, EJP, Kevin, Christine, Mary Pat. They are so much more colorful and imaginative, yet real than the seminary definitions. Much more “rubber meets the road”. My addition would be that for me, grace comes from some divine or higher place within us, connected to the Holy Other.
Yes, definitely supernatural for me too, bigger than me… it, God/Spirit/Divine Love moves you forward even when you don’t want or think you can step out…
What a lovely statement
Thank you Deborah…
Grace = Gods Riches At Christ’s Expense
This is very profound. I like it.
From the Oxford Dictionary origin:
Middle English: via Old French from Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’; related to grateful.
I am called to these definitions also:
simple elegance or refinement of movement.
in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
It’s also my daughter’s middle name 🙂
“simple elegance or refinement of movement.” – dictionary definition. I think of dancers …. I also think it goes along with dignity, having grace and dignity.
I like that….
Much as everyone has said so far. Also, a supernatural ability to see things as they really are and then as they will be if love has its way. I just wrote about that today wherein I was enabled to companion a man on his journey to death purely through the grace of love. He had such putrid cancers on his face that even the nurses found it difficult to work with him. Grace taught me how to better show up for the other. The unbearable became beautiful because we met in a place beyond our wounds, and a glorious oneness made compassion bigger than pain. Pure, grace-filled love.
Dusty Su – that is beautiful. Is the definition of “the supernatural ability…” original with you? It is awesome!
Thank you Katrina. Yes, I believe it is my definition. I don’t remember learning it elsewhere, but we are the sum of many other’s thoughts… <3
Grace is putting your heart out in front of you while doing the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do in your life.
Yes, that sure can be part of it. I wrote about the enabling grace gives when led by love above too.
Grace manifests itself in many ways and forms; in certain people, in things and special places, and in situations of daily living that seem to appear without human planning or manipulation. Grace may also possess elements of the Divine, or God, and Spirit, which is felt, yet unseen, imbued in a one’s soul by a source not our own.
In short, grace is grease for the stickiness and everydayness of life.
Kevin, “grace is grease for the stickiness and everydayness of life…” that’s a good way to say it!
Thank you, Dusty Su and Kevin – I’ll add that to my gratefulness document 📃 📄 – there, I even put Kevin’s quote in bold type –
Love that we find these gems in this group….Gratefulness document is a great thing to create Mica.
Letting love and respect be the basis.
A kind heart in charge 💛
The meaning for me has changed through the years. A simple answer for me is a no-strings-attached-gift-given-freely.
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