Word of the Year
Do you participate in a word of the year? Do you select it or do you let a word pick you!
I am of the latter discipline. It’s a Holy Spirit thing. It is usual for a word or principle to start showing up in my readings around December 1. I let them sort themselves and see what is the last word standing. This year it was firmly confirmed on January 3rd with this:
For the GRACE of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright, and Godly lives. Titus 2.11-12
The dictionary doesn’t do the word meaning justice.
- simple elegance or refinement of movement
- courteous goodwill
- do honor or credit by one’s presence
- Grace is the Hebrew word chanan or the Greek word charis, meaning “the state of kindness and favor toward someone, often with a focus on a benefit given to the object.” ( Strong’s Greek 5485 ). Grace is what God does because he is gracious. Every action of God toward us involves his grace.
God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
That’s the 20th Century acronym that seems to work the best.
What It Means To Us
We get heaven because of nothing we do but because of what Christ did.
Grace means we don’t get what we deserve but what God desires to give us through His Son Jesus.
How Do We Give Grace?
By speaking Truth in Love to lift up not tear down. It doesn’t mean allowing things just to make people feel good but to point them to Christ.
Everything must point to Him. WWJD? He would give grace – not to harm but to minister.
A Slippery Slope
Grace can be a slippery slope – it is never a permit to sin or do wrong.
“I know this is wrong but I’ll do it anyway because God will give me grace.”
Ask me how I know this…
Grace in 2022
I’m ready to see how this plays out over the next 12 months. It’s God-ordained so He definitely has a plan.
Do you have a oneword? Do tell.