When you search for dictionary definitions of grace you'll find: "elegance or refinement; courteous goodwill; quality of moving in a smooth, relaxed and attractive way" and many more. But there's something peculiar about grace that prompted me to go further and look at it from a different perspective - the word of God.
In the Bible, grace is defined as "unmerited favor". Different instances demonstrate and outline that grace. In the old testament, many that found favor in the eyes of God, for example, Noah. "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart. So the Lord said, I will destroy, blot out, and wipe away mankind, whom I have created from the face of the ground–not only man, [but] the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air–for it grieves Me and makes Me regretful that I have made them. But Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of the Lord." Genesis 6:5-8 AMPC
And in the new testament, you see God's grace demonstrated through the ultimate sacrifice - giving us His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to die for us to deliver all mankind from sin. "For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind." Titus 2:11 AMPC
But it doesn't end there. There is more to grace. Grace is something that you receive once you give your life to Christ. However, you'll still have to "activate" that grace in your life to make it work in every situation. Yes, you have salvation but there is more...
I consider God's grace the "protective gear of life". What I mean by that is, once you realize that there is grace available to you and have the consciousness to activate and take advantage of it, you'll see different things happen in your life. And here I'm just outlining the things I've personally experienced because of God's grace activated and working in my life:
- Many things won't bother or frighten you anymore. Something I've come to learn is that people like to share their negative experiences or things they've heard from somewhere if you are about to reach another milestone in your life. Simple example. Let's say you decided to move to another country and started making plans for that. You can be rest assured that you'll find at least three people that'll have something negative to say about that. Either, they know somebody who has a cousin that is the in-law of a friend that is the sister of an aunt who decided to move to a different country and ended up being stranded there. Or somebody tells you that the place you're moving to is dangerous - that the other day they even saw or read something on the news. When you understand the grace at work in your life, these things won't bother you in any way. Even people that would show up to outright say that you'll fail, their opinions will not hinder or affect your plans at all.
- You'll have faith and be confident in all situations. Doctors are a blessing and an important part of society. However, to accept what they have to say is still your choice. For example, have you ever gone to the doctor for a routine checkup and they came back with the results stating that they "found something"? And then they would go on to talk about statistics and that even though what they have found might not be harmful to you right now, according to statistics, XY % of people eventually died or had terrible health problems. At this point, you have two choices: Accept what the doctor has said and run with whatever method of treatment they recommend for something that is not even certain. Or have faith in the grace active in your life that will ensure that you're on the other spectrum of that percentage the doctor talked about.
- You'll react a certain way when trials come. I believe that trials and challenges will come but for the most part, are also subject to your outlook and perspective in life. Just because something may turn out to be a bit more challenging or difficult than anticipated, doesn't necessarily mean you're experiencing tribulation. It could simply mean that you ought to change something or approach things differently. More of a lesson than a trial. Yet, there still are the storms of life that come your way that are trials but even when these come you should not be discouraged or downcast - on the contrary, stand firm on the knowledge that God's grace is active in your life, and that you'll overcome and stand victorious in the end. "Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." James 1:2, 4 NLT
- You'll experience a deeper sense of appreciation, even for the "little things". Once you have accepted the revelation that grace is at work in every aspect of your life you will not have any other choice but to be grateful. You'll understand what it means to walk through life worry-free. Not because of material things that could be taken away at any time, but because of something that nobody can take away from you: Grace!
If at this point you're wondering how you can activate that grace in your life, it's pretty simple. Study the word of God, communicate with Him and actively apply His Word to your life. There's a difference between knowledge that is not put to use and revelation that is actively applied every single day. Don't miss out on the opportunity to live a "cushioned" life filled with God's grace!