Grace Defined

What is grace? And what does it mean to grow in grace?

I’ve always heard “grace” defined as “unmerited favor” and I thought that was a good definition.

Then I happened upon a quote from The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith, a book that was first published in 1888.

She writes, “It is difficult to answer this question, because so few people have any conception of what the grace of God really is. To say that it is free unmerited favor, only expresses a little of its meaning. It is the unhindered, wondrous, boundless love of God, poured out upon us in an infinite variety of ways, without stint or measure, not according to our deserving, but according to His measureless heart of love, which passeth knowledge, so unfathomable are its heights and depths”.

Wow. I read that over and over again.

I want to know the grace of God like that. But wait, I already do  know His grace and love, I just have to accept it.

Father God in Heaven, thank you so much for lavishing your unhindered, wondrous, boundless love upon us. Please never let us think for one moment that we have done or could do anything to deserve your measureless love toward those you call your own. Help me to humbly accept your beautiful gift. May I always remember that your grace is sufficient for my every need. Amen.

From Moody Publishers:  HANNAH WHITALL SMITH (1832-1911) was born in Philadelphia to a Quaker family. Her life expressed the joy that is found in complete surrender to the Lord. The secret to a happy life, according to Whitall Smith, is to trust implicitly in the promises of the Bible. Her goal was not to impress the scholar, but to elevate the simple man or woman who longed for a more consecrated way of living. Deeply practical, her writings deal directly with the day-to-day struggles of ordinary people. She is author of The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life and The God of All Comfort.

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  1. Thanks for this!

  2. Where did you find this book? I would be interested in reading it. Her other book looks good too. 🙂

    • It was actually on the free cart at church! I picked it up because I thought the title looked interesting…and I really like things that are old and well worn. It even has an inscription in it of someone you’ll recognize…You can borrow it as soon as I’m done:)


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