In Western Christian theology, grace has been defined, not as a created substance of any kind, but as “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it”, “the condescension or benevolence shown by God toward the human race”. It is understood by Christians to be a spontaneous gift from God to man – “generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved” – that takes the form of divine favor, love, clemency, and a share in the divine life of God. This is taken from Wikipedia.
Another way of defining the word is grace is by getting its origin. “Grace” derives from the Greek, charis. In secular Greek, charis was related to chairo, “to rejoice.” As far back as Homer it denoted “sweetness” or “attractiveness.” It came to signify “favor,” “goodwill,” and “lovingkindness” — especially as granted by a superior to an inferior.
Having defined what is grace is and that it is why we can now call God Abba Father, I am so yearning to give back to Him all of me.
Writing this is one way that I know, that the real essence of the cross be understood. Many life coaches and meditation programs are helping people to recover from pain. At times to feel good about themselves and how to be rich. They also quote Biblical verses to prove their point. I have nothing against these movement which is on the web. I am just hoping that the full gospel of where our salvation comes from be given the highlight it needs.
All strength we need to overcome our pain and struggles, all abundance, all promises that we hold on to that are found in the Bible are all because God is a gracious God. all the inner strength that we are coached that we have are all God bestowed. Every good things that happen to us after we dream is God’s manifestation of His great love towards us.
We need to say positive affirmations, I will then say: “Let the weak say I am strong”, “Let the poor say I am rich” Because what the Lord has done for us. GIVE THANKS
The concept of grace is definite is a springboard to praise. I can’t help but sing hymn of love and of worship. I know that I am just but a filthy rug before God. Yet He paid particular attention to my needs and my concerns. Now I know why it is called AMAZING GRACE.
If this is how grace is defined then Paul was right when he challenged the early believers “let them that boast, boast in the Lord”. Because everything that we have are all from God. If we use our gifts, talents, resources and finances to honor Him, it is our act of worship. Like mentioned on the page on WORSHIP. It is when we ask God to rest and receive our praise and worship. Let us put Christ back in our everyday positivity exercises. In our abundance coaching also let us not forget that God is the creator and the owner of the heavens and the earth He is very rich. It is His divine plan for all of us to prosper us. He wants all of us to receive healing. If this is not true then why did Jesus bore wounds and stripes that will bring forth healing.
God is His amazing grace wanted the best for all of us. Let us not forget HIM. For in Him we live, we move and have our being.
Majorie Amor Sajot-Dagalea