By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor
“…the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
-1 Peter 5:10b
“Grace” has always meant to me, for whatever reason, “mercy” or “forgiveness.” When I think about grace, I think about God forgiving me of my sin, or justifying me even though I don’t deserve it. But, did you know that’s not at all what grace means?
Grace includes forgiveness, but it has a much broader meaning. The root word for grace is the word “charis.” It is also the root for the words “charisma” and “charity.”
Here is the definition for grace found in the seminary-approved lexicon agreed upon by all evangelicals. Are you ready? Grace means, “That which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, good will, favor, and loving kindness.”
Grace is God’s love, God’s favor, God’s pleasure!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your mercy and forgiveness when I have stumbled. Every day your grace affords me love, pleasure, and favor in your eyes. Amen.
Reflection: Like Bobby, is the meaning of God’s grace bigger now than you have believed in the past?