John 1: 16

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

Grace – it is a word we little understand. Of divine grace Wikipedia writes, “Divine grace is a theological term present in many religions. It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation; and as an individual virtue or excellence of divine origin.” The dictionary reads, “simple elegance or refinement of movement, courteous goodwill.” What is clear from these sources is that the word grace is used in several ways.

I find myself particularly drawn to the definition of graceful movements. One would normally distinguish that definition from our use, but I find something remarkably attractive about it. Simple elegance in movement might be transposed into simple elegance in word and deed. Perhaps the refinement in movement becomes refined speech and action.

Increasingly I am learning that grace is not what we have thought and in fact, my newest revelation on grace is that God’s grace is for me but the grace he deposits within me, He deposits in me for others. I am more the bank than the beneficiary. Today’s verse shines light on this thought. He has accepted us and forgiven us, time upon time. It is because of His grace that we do not have to carry the burden of our mistakes and sins. For every wound we have inflicted upon ourselves through wrong thoughts, actions and words, He has slathered us with grace upon grace. We have received, and continue to receive, His fullness through and by His grace.

His grace strengthens us so that we endure the challenges gracefully. His grace softens our rough edges so that we may convey His “courteous goodwill” to others. Our movements become elegant when we move in His grace. Our words take on the flowing refinement of His love. One can easily picture the graceful movements of a ballet dancer. They can make the same movement as someone else, but the elegance of their movement becomes art and it blesses the soul. So, too, are our words, actions and thought when we baptize them in grace.

Perhaps you can ponder the word grace today and find richness and nuance that may have eluded you previously. Be blessed.