For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not from your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)
The Hebrew word for grace is "hanan." It means "a heartfelt response by someone who has something to give to those in need." When God is gracious to us, He’s showing us unmerited favor. Our response is to receive it with gladness and gratefulness.
His gift is not given because of anything that we have earned or negotiated, but purely out of His mercy. God favors us with His love, mercy, grace, presence, and other blessings because He chooses to pour His mercy upon us!
None of us deserve His favor or to be called His children, yet He loves us and cares for us so much that He wants us to live with Him forever. Receive His gift of grace to you today.
Lord, Your grace is amazing! What a wonderful gift You have given to us. We are forever grateful for the undeserved favor that you have bestowed upon us to be called Your children. Amen.
"Grace is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God to mankind. "- Matthew Henry