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The Different Faces of Grace Grace Just what is grace Why did I choose the word grace for my paper I chose the word grace because it means something to me personally and I wanted to enhance my knowledge of its many meanings When I think of the word grace I think of something wonderfulsomething powerful To me grace is more than just a word it is a gift from God I have always known its definition to be receiving what is undeserved An example of grace is forgiveness No one deserves to be forgiven Forgiveness is something we undeservingly receive So that makes forgiveness a form of grace I first learned these things from my parents from church sermons and from studying the Bible I have often confused the definitions of grace and mercy Mercy is not receiving what is deserved For example in a court of law a judge may show mercy to the convicted person by pronouncing a sentence less severe than the law allows for an offense Grace and mercy go hand in hand it is impossible to have one without the other Grace is a big part of my life because it allows me to love and forgive others If I were not living under Gods grace I am not so sure I could forgive others as easily as I do The word grace has been around for many years Graces meaning began as one which applied to attractiveness It was later used to mean favor and then to mean gratitude Through the years grace has made an impact on many peoples lives Some form of grace can be found in songs plays businessesroyalties poems and Christianity According to The Oxford English Dictionary OED the English spelling of grace comes from the French word grace The word grace goes back to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries when it was spelled grass or grease The history of grace originated from the
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