When we study the Holy Scriptures, we see that grace was a much sought after quality. Many wished for others to be blessed with it. We pray for grace to abound; for God’s grace to be upon us, and for us to grow in grace. Grace was prayed for right along with peace, patience, and goodwill.
Why is grace so greatly sought after? Without grace we would all be lost eternally. Without God’s divine favor there would be no hope for all of us sinners. Also without grace, no person could live on this earth with any other person. Grace is a necessity in our relationships with others, but mostly, for our own salvation. “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
John 1:17 says to us, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” What great kindness God has given to us! Grace has been defined as, “God’s unmerited favor and love which leads Him to grant salvation to believers through the exercise of their faith in Jesus Christ” (Layman’s Bible Dictionary; 1998 Edition). God’s grace is unending in our Christian walk. Though as undeserving as we are, God continually bestows on us His grace and mercy. As Christian women we can use the examples of God’s grace to help us become more godly women. In our prayers we can petition God to bless us with grace. He hears our every prayer. “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7). As Christian women, we should be full of grace and practice grace with our friends and the strangers that come our way. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).
Grace is beauty of movement or form without seeming to try hard. Grace is a Christian virtue. Grace is also a pleasing quality, courtesy, and polite manners. Do you know a Christian woman whose life exemplifies grace? Do you recognize her as a dear and godly woman? It would be nice if others could recognize the quality of grace when they think of us. I am sure it is something we all desire to be more Christ-like in! To be full of grace is a wonderful thing to accomplish.
Surely God will smile upon His daughters if we practice graciousness in our lives. “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28). God is the giver of grace. He is an awesome and powerful God, full of grace and mercy and loving kindness. As Christian women may we always strive to be more like Him and to abound in gracefulness. Let us remember: “The secret of life is that all we have and are is a gift of grace to be shared” (L.J. Ogilvie).
By Susan Follis
Susan is a homeschooling mom in Ramah, CO and attends the Calhan church of Christ with her husband, Jim. She is the proud mother of six and grandmother of four. Susan enjoys learning everything she can about being a godly wife and mother. God has blest her so richly! :o)