Grace is a word that gets tossed around a lot, but what does it mean? Merriam-Webster says, “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.” Well, what’s regeneration or sanctification? Again, according to Merriam-Webster, regeneration deals with the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion, while regeneration is spiritual renewal or revival.
Now that we have the definitions out of the way, what does Grace mean? Clearly some people have tried to used it as a 00666 License to Sin, but as you can see, by definition it’s divine assistance to get us back on the right track.
To me, growing in grace, renewal and revival don’t sound like words associated with intentional, repetitive sin.
Now, I realize most of us, if we are honest, can remember a time when we callously did things we knew we weren’t supposed to do. But when we repented (turned away from what we were doing), our loving father was there with His marvelous grace to lavish on us.
Don’t forget that first word…unmerited! It means you haven’t done (and can’t do) anything to earn it, but it’s given to you anyhow! What an awesome God we serve!