20 November 2006 | Worship

Grace: favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who recieves it and in spite of what that person deserves.

Grace is one of the key attributes of God. The Lord God is “merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth” ( Ex. 34:6). Therefore, grace is almost always associated with mercy, love, compassion, and patience as the source of help and with deliverance from distress. In the Old Testament, the supreme example of grace was the redemption of the Hebrew people from Egypt and their establishment in the Promised Land. This did not happen because of any merit on Israel’s part, but in spite of their unrighteousness (Duet. 9:5-6). Although the grace of God is always free and undeserved, it must not be taken for granted. Grace is only enjoyed within the Covenant- the gift is given by God, and the gift is received by man through repentance and faith ( Amos 5:15). Grace is to be humbly sought through the prayer of faith ( Mal 1:9)…the only way of salvation for any person is “through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” ( Acts 15:11). The grace of God revealed Jesus Christ is applied to human beings for their salvation by the Holy Spirit, who is called “the Spirit of grace” ( Heb. 10:29). The Spirit is the One who binds Christ to His people so that they recieve forgiveness, adoption to sonship, and newness of life, as well as every spiritual gift of grace ( Eph. 4-7).
– Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible

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