“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all.” (Titus 2:11)
Theologically speaking, grace is a shorthand way of talking
about God’s unmerited favor, God’s love, patience, forgiveness, and peace
offered to us as gift that appeared in a manger in Bethlehem. That gift was a
voluntary offering of God who, in Christ, “gave Himself for us” (Titus 2:14).
Grace is not only a theological concept but a God-embodied example that enables
us to be redeemed from the guilt of our sin and embrace the hope of salvation
that God has promised us…
God’s grace is not just a nice gift to be opened and then
shelved until we need it; instead it is designed to be used, to transform us so
we can in turn transform the world. God’s grace comes to us as a gift, but it
is a gift we also pass on to someone else.
-- Robert Kaylor in Come
to the Manger