Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | November 29, 2011

Pardon me?

When you hear the word Grace, what do you think of?

Does it remind you of a person you knew named Grace?

Does it make you think of times when someone has said “Let’s say grace,” before having a meal?

The dictionary gives several descriptions of Grace:

  • Elegance or beauty of form
  • Pleasing or attractive quality
  • A manifestation of favor
  • Mercy, clemency, pardon

I can relate to each of these definitions, but the one that really touches my heart is the last definition; mercy, clemency, pardon. In our culture, mercy seems to be a rare treasure. Instead, we are told to retaliate, to “get back”, to avenge. Mercy and grace mean the opposite of revenge. To give mercy or grace to someone is almost shocking to people when it happens in today’s world.

Questions for you:

  • What comes to mind when I hear the word grace?
  • Have I given grace to others, or do I tend to want to “get back” at those who have hurt me?
  • Am I willing to accept grace and mercy from others; am I willing to accept grace from God?

God’s Word says:

Psalm 86:6

John 1:14

Ephesians 2:8-9



  1. Your third question is the toughest for me. I don’t accept grace as well as I would like to.

    • Me too. Blunders and mistakes sure have a sneaky way of staying in our memory!

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