- Having or showing grace or elegance. “she was a tall girl, slender and graceful” Similar:Elegant,stylish,tasteful,refined,sophisticated,dignified,distinguished,discerning,with good taste,poised,fashionable,cultured,cultivated,beautiful,attractive,appealing,lovely,comely,charming,polished,suave,urbane,dashing,luxurious,sumptuous,opulent,grand,plush,exquisites,wanky,fluid,fluent,flowing,supple,smooth,easy,effortless,natural,neat,precise,agile,nimble,light-footed,deft,dexterous,adroit. Opposite:inelegant,stiff,ungainly.
Let us take it one step further!
In Western Christian theology, grace is “the Love and mercy given to us by God because God Desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it”!
Grace is unmerited mercy (favor) that God gave to humanity by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross, thus securing Man’s eternal salvation from sin.
Are you filled with/by grace?
God’s intervention and support in every day moments of life
important for ongoing growth and conversion
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:6
But God gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
Let us then with confidence draw near to the Throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
But by The grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10
What is a state of grace?
What is grace?
Grace means forgiveness. It means you have nothing to prove. You are held. loved. cherished.
You are forgiven of all of your imperfections, flaws, shortcomings, weaknesses, doubt. You are worthy.
You are lovely, pleasing, beautiful.
What is a grace-filled life?
To live a grace-filled life is to acknowledge your shortcomings but not let them control you or be fearful of them. To know you are worthy, loved, and cherished always. To celebrate your uniqueness. To respect and honor every part of your life.
Becoming a mother transformed me. I have experienced strength like never before, courage to do what I once thought impossible, and unwavering love. For a long time, I let anxiety and fear drive me. I let my insecurities define me and influence my decisions.
After years of feeling out of control and living a fear and anxiety driven life, I decided to reach for grace. I’m finding beauty in the chaos of raising kids in the twenty-first century. I seek joy and let laughter – true laughter -fill my body. I dance and sing again. Every morning is a new opportunity and another chance to celebrate grace and gratitude.
Understanding and trusting in grace and finding gratitude in all things has opened my mind and heart to the beauty that has always surrounded me. I’m finding myself again and I’m sharing those things that fill me with joy and remind me of grace and gratitude.
In Colossians 3, Paul makes a distinction between “bearing with each other” and “forgiving each other.” Bearing with one another is handling each other’s faults with grace and dealing with petty annoyances with patience. In friendship, we will recognize quirks in each other’s personalities that may cause frustration, but in these moments, we must choose to “bear with one another.” This is the essence of a grace-filled friendship.
Grace-filled friendships are a must! Goodness, gracious, we all deal with crazy hormones, sleep deprivation, overwhelmed schedules, constant demands and endless to-do lists. The last thing we need is demanding friendships that can’t extend a sister a little grace when she’s struggling to keep her head above water.
“Too many good relationships fade because of some snub—real or imagined. Some people pout, brood, or blow up if their friend is not speedy enough in returning a phone call or if they are not included in a social event. They set such high standards for the relationship that they’re constantly being disappointed. They can’t let little things go. Every minor lapse becomes a major offense.”– A Good Friend by Les and Leslie Parrott
Grace-filled friendships are ones that don’t expect others to look, to act, and to think exactly the same. This means that we recognize that each person has a way of operating and responding that is different from our own. “Bearing with one” another means we let petty annoyances roll off our backs, and putting on the Christ-like virtues of humility, gentleness and patience.
Humility extends grace because it has the mindset that says, “it’s not about me.” A humble person doesn’t always expect everything to go her way. Gentleness extends grace with a controlled tongue. When tempted to lash out at annoyances or point out another’s faults, gentleness will “bear with each other” with patience and will not be easily angered.