Day 4: Defining Grace
Back tracking a little…I want to try to define GRACE. I need to remind myself what this wonderful thing is that God has so freely have given us. We have all heard and used the word GRACE many times. It is even a popular name for girls. In 2012 it ranked #19 on the top baby names on BabyCenter. 9 Years ago I gave my daughter Grace as a middle name.
I am currently reading The Skin You Live In by my pastor Dr. David Ireland. I happened to open the book last night to start reading where I left off and the section that hugged my bookmark was titled “The Grace of God”. I kid you not! (All I could do was smile because God is certainly helping me write about GRACE for 31 days.) The book talks about how important cross-cultural relationships are, how to promote racial reconciliation, and support diversity in church. In explaining what brings people together the author defines what GRACE is by quoting James Ryle.
“grace is the empowering presence of God enabling you to be who God created you to be, and to do what God has called you to do.”
Dr. Ireland goes on to say: “In other words, the things that seem too hard to do and too difficult to become can be achieved only with the help of God’s grace.”
If I combine what I posted about sufficiency and now what I just learned about GRACE here is what I come up with:
“My empowering presence, enabling you to be who I created you to be, and to do what I have called you to do, is enough to meet the needs of your situation and the proposed end for you.”
Wow, it’s a mouthful but if I meditate on this for a while I am pretty sure I will get a good dose of God-confidence!
What do you think about when you hear the word GRACE?
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