Ephesians 2: 8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
I have often wondered what Gods grace actually entails. Is it a state of serenity that comes from communion with God? Is it the way we feel when we act with compassion and happiness in His name, doing His work and spreading His word? Or is it something else entirely?
Psalm 84: 11
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.
This verse suggests it is, at the very least, something that is bestowed upon those who walk with God. It does not suggest what it might be, but it certainly suggests that, whatever it is, it is given freely by God to all those who “walk uprightly”.
A number of verses mention grace being bestowed upon people:
Exodus 33: 17
So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
Zecharia 12: 10
Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness; In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, And will not behold the majesty of the Lord.
Luke 2: 40
And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
None of these however explain what it is. This leads me to believe that it is a combination of things that enable us to be good Christians. Compassion, love, forgiveness, obedience. These things are the closest we can get to knowing the grace of God, and when He chooses to visit these things upon us, it is a truly unique and wonderful feeling.