Grace, which comes from the Greek New Testament word charis, is God's unmerited favor. It is kindness from God that we don't deserve. There is nothing we have done, nor can ever do to earn this favor. It is a gift from God.
I wanted to start here. To learn more about the grace God gives us freely. When I was researching definitions of grace I came across this from Christianity.com:
“Grace” is the most important concept in the Bible, Christianity, and the world. Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God. It is most clearly expressed in the promises of God revealed in Scripture and embodied in Jesus Christ.
I find myself, saying it over and over in my head. God's grace is something we are given that we do not deserve. As human beings, we are sinners. Sin would doom us to death forever, but God's grace frees us. We aren't required to earn it, we can't. Is grace so powerful that it must be given freely to truly be grace? I believe so. God has chosen to give us grace at all times, for every need and problem. God's grace gives us the ability to do good works from a place of love, not obligation. God's grace is stunning.
We are a messy people and yet, thru God's grace, we are freed from sin, guilt, and shame.
But what is grace? Let's look back at the first paragraph above. God's unmerited favor. Can we go deeper? Yes, but let's take it slow. There is much to learn. A favorite scripture describing grace is from Ephesians 2:6-10:
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
God's grace enables us to be all that God intends us to be.
God's grace is incredible!
I hope you'll continue to join me on this journey through faith.