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Making It Plain: “Grace” = Undeserved Favor

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SIH TOTT ICONThe word “grace” comes from the Latin word “gratia” which means:
1.  “favor”
2.  “thanks”
3.  “pleasing”
4.  “grateful”

The term “grace” is used many times in both the OT and the NT of the  KJV Bible…

In the Old Testament, it is translated from the Hebrew word “chen” which means:
1. precious kindness
2. pleasant favor

In the New Testament, it is translated from the Greek word “charis” which means:
1.  undeserved benefit or gift
2.  that which produces happiness, rejoicing, thankfulness
3.  to be made acceptable

The idea is this…
The term “grace” means “undeserved favor that makes one acceptable and produces a thankful and joyous attitude.

Because, we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, the “wages we deserve to receive is physical, spiritual, and eternal death.  Yet the Lord, by grace makes salvation available to any that repent of their sin and believe on His name….

For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”   (Romans 6:23)

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.   (Ephesians 2:4-9)

Salvation for our sins and the receipt of eternal life is one of the greatest displays of the Lord’s grace given to us in the Scripture, but His grace touches every area of our life.  The eternal blessings that await us throughout eternity, the spiritual blessings we receive while yet on the earth, and the temporal blessings that meet our physical needs are all acts of grace.

ANYTHING that takes place in our life, apart from entrance into the Lake of Fire is an undeserved blessing that in given to us by the gracious hand of Almighty God.

That is why we are told…

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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