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Grace - a Biblical Name

When I hear of a woman named Grace, the biblical significance of the name does not come to mind immediately. I first think of someone who is physically coordinated. Grace is elegance or beauty in form, manner or motion. Another thought - As a child, I learned that grace was a short prayer before or after a meal, as in saying grace. Still another - I hear it used as a title when addressing or mentioning a duke, duchess or an archbishop. “Your Grace.”

I consider Grace to be a biblical girl’s name because a look into the Bible brings to light the most treasured use of the word. The word grace in the Bible, refers to the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.

Grace is a powerful word.

David Timms, in his book “Living the Lord’s Prayer” says it this way. “Grace is receiving the opposite of what we deserve. We deserve punishment; we receive blessing. We deserve judgment; we receive adoption. We deserve alienation; we receive welcome.”

Although we can never out give God in the giving of grace, it is something that we can extend to others. When we are offended, we are kind. We are forgiving. We do not take advantage of the restitution that we feel we deserve. We give it to someone who does not deserve it.

Grace is full of God’s love. That’s grace, amazing grace – a beautiful word.

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