Grace is a feeling a person feels when they are forgiven.
Why do we all need grace, because we all feel shame.
You may not realize this because you were born that way and may have never thought of it.
Animals don’t need grace because they don’t feel shame like we do.
We are a strange animal. The book of Genesis explains why we are a strange animal. Some take this book literally, I do not.
I do not understand the science behind our creation and do not pretend to know. Genesis is simply an attempt to explain.
First God breathed into us the breath of life and he did not do this with any other animal which set us apart from other animals which could explain why it is we managed to subdue the whole earth.
Second, we are ashamed of our nakedness. The only animal on this earth who acts like this. Who hides them self from each other out of shame. Not just our nakedness, but even our compassion we are ashamed of. For instance. We will pet a strange dog or cat but we dare not pet a strange person. You may not have thought about this because you have been like this most of your life and it may not seem odd to you. But if you think about it, it is strange behavior.
Because we carry this shame around with us, we require grace in order to be saved from it.
This is the Grace that Jesus offers us freely if we choose to accept. Before he died, his last words, “forgive them for they know what they do.” and “it is finished.” Because of this we are offered grace. I don’t exactly know how it works and don’t claim to know. There are those who claim they understand, but I don’t think they do because they certainly don’t act like they understand.
So there you have it, the meaning of grace