Tuesday, September 6, 2005


As a believer, how do you define grace?? This morning I went looking for a slip of paper on which I'd scrawled a definition of grace I once heard. (I'll forgo mentioning where and by whom the comment was made.) I wrote it out for the specific purpose of questioning its validity.... here it is.

Grace: God's enabling power to do what He expects. *????* Accurate? Valid? True definition? Thoughts... Comments... Alternative/replacement definitions??

**In the years that have passed since this was first posted, that definition has been modified. First to: God's enabling power to do His will. Later to: God's enabling power and desire to do His will. Now it stands as: God's enabling power to do what the flesh cannot. My questions still linger. Is this a valid, Biblical definition of grace?

1 comment:

The Savage said...

Comments: (as they first appeared on Xanga)

Posted 9/6/2005 3:47 PM by ScottishMosher:


muahahahhaahahha- sorry.. just had to throw the sunday school answer in...

Posted 9/6/2005 3:59 PM by Savage:

Hey SM!! :wave: Don't laugh, I like that "S.S." definition much better!! =) I've always heard grace defined as "God's unmerited favor"--giving us what we don't deserve; as opposed to His mercy--not giving us what we do deserve.

Posted 9/6/2005 5:47 PM by douglasdotyii:

savage, I'm not too fond of the first posted definition. It seems to shift the focus on humans and away from God. I like your second definition especially coupled with mercy.

Posted 9/6/2005 6:25 PM by LoroJoro:

To throw in a little Hebrew--since I busted my tail for 2 years to learn it ;)

Grace simply means "favor" or "gift." Theologically, it refers to the gifts God gives us -- literal "favor" in place of wrath or punishment; undeserved rewards and blessings; everything we need for godliness in Christ Jesus.... the word grace picks up some of those meanings from its usage.

annnnnd.... that's all I remember off the top of my head. Figures. All those hours suffering under Dr. Bell.... ;)