Grace. It is a word that is thrown around a lot, especially in church and among Christian friends, but what is it? What does it mean?
By the simplest definition grace is “unmerited favor” or “unconditional love.” It’s the exercise of love and kindness to benefit or serve another.
A disposition to kindness and compassion.
Giving or saying grace before a meal. Giving thanks.
As I began my research about the meaning of this important word, I became very intrigued. There are lots of ways you can interpret it.
As I live in our world today, I am aware that grace is needed so very much.
We as aware beings, people that want to see our world and country succeed, it’s time for us to take a deep look at grace and begin living from it.
You can take responsibility for yourself and how you’re showing up in the world each and every minute of the day.
Hopefully this article will help you to look within and help you to make some changes toward living a life in grace.
A helpful definition from Paul Zahl:
“Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. It is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. And it’s being loved when you are unlovable…. The cliché definition of grace is “unconditional love.”
Let’s go a little further, though. Grace is a love that has nothing to do with you. It has everything and only to do with the lover. Grace is irrational in the sense that it has nothing to do with weights and measures. It has nothing to do with your intrinsic qualities or so-called “gifts” (whatever they may be). It reflects a decision on the part of the giver, the one who loves, in relation to the receiver, the one who is loved, that negates any qualifications the receiver may personally hold…. Grace is one-way love.”
“Grace is being loved when you are unlovable.”
As continued my research, I found so many rich meanings of this beautiful word.
Many people have experienced “grace moments.” Intuitively, they know what it is, but trying to express this idea is challenging. Here are ideas of what it produces inside of you:
- Alignment with the Divine
- Divine Love
- Leads to Faith
- Flows from Source/God
- Flows Toward Divine
- Beyond Happiness
- Harmony with the Whole
- Sense of Oneness
- The Precious Present
As you search your heart about your thoughts of what this powerful word means to you, I hope you will find many of the things listed here, as a way you choose to live.
Courage is grace under pressure.
I would love to hear your thoughts on all of this.
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We will be outside for most of our time, enjoying the beauty of this glorious island. I will be sharing with you outside, near the ocean, 10 of my favorite Universal Laws to transform your personal and professional life.
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