What is meant by the grace of God?
I will come at this question in two ways: first, “grace” as it is defined in the Theological Word Book of the Bible, edited by Alan Richardson, and second, as I personally understand it and am blessed by it.
The grace of God is evident all around us. One Sunday one of our priests was asked to lead services for about 100 homeless men and women. The priest started to recite the 23rd Psalm, and after a pause of just a second, every man and woman joined in the recitation. These people know well the valley of the shadow of death. I heard the grace of God that day.
Grace is the difference between Man and God. God has the ability to “forgive and forget.” Man, on the other hand, has the ability to forgive, but not forget. Another difference is that God always forgives, while not all of us are capable of forgiveness.