This week, I have been focusing on how wonderful and powerful GRACE really is! To explain this even further, I bring in my good sister in the Lord - DEB BURTON - who goes deep into the word meanings for us. This will continue sealing in our hearts the Riches which Jesus Christ has given us, FOR FREE, because He is the God of Grace!
So, here is Deb:
Grace comes from the words for joy and rejoice. We still use words like Eucharist, for Holy Communion - but it was originally used for giving thanks for a meal - as when Jesus prepared to feed the multitudes. This is why we call the before meal prayer - "grace"... Eucharist literally means "good grace". We also have a closely related word referring to Mary being "highly favoured" - and us also, in Ephesians. 1:6 "wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."
And yet another word, sometimes translated "give" but also "forgive" as in Ephesians 4:32 "And be kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Yet another means congratulations - as in sharing in another's joy.
All these concepts are part of the huge and wonderful package we call Grace!