What is grace? It is a gift from God, freely given, without us really deserving it. Most who receive it usually don’t know how precious of a gift it is. We all receive this unmerited favor and love of God. The grace and bounty of God are taught by every Prophet, it is a common thread in all religions. The spiritual power emanates from the Prophets of each great religion, through the Holy Spirit, bring grace from God. How much we receive shows in the strength of our faith. These verses from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Baha’i Scriptures show the constant flow of grace from God
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
O men! call to mind the grace of God unto you! Is there a Creator, other than God, to give you Sustenance from heaven or earth? There is no god but He: how then are ye deluded away from the Truth? (Qur’an 35:3)
Live in the faith of Me! In faith of Me
All dangers thou shalt vanquish, by My grace;
But, trusting to thyself and heeding not,
Thou can’st but perish! (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita)
What outpouring flood can compare with the stream of His all-embracing grace, and what blessing can excel the evidences of so great and pervasive a mercy? There can be no doubt whatever that if for one moment the tide of His mercy and grace were to be withheld from the world, it would completely perish. (Baha’u’llah)
The following story relates a dream that one person had recently. In it, she saw three women. Jesus walk to each of the women. For first one, Jesus comforted her, talked to her, hugged her and made sure she feels better. When Jesus came to second one, he only smiled at her and walked by. Then Jesus only walked by the third woman and said no words or interacted with her. When the person saw this in the dream, she thought the first one must be the most spiritual one to have gotten all the attention from Jesus, and the other two must have done something wrong so Jesus did not want to talk to them. When she just thought that (in the dream), Jesus said to her ~ you completely misunderstand me. I talked to first one because she is the weakest and most needing one so I comforted her. The second one has stronger faith and she knows My love for her. As to the third one, her spirit is mature and strong enough to understand.
This story tells us God shows His love for us in different ways according to our state of spiritual development. When ask for His help he will hear His answers more when we are as a little child. As our spirit grows, He guides us when He see we need it. When we become mature our faith sustains us and we may not experience God the same way a new believer does.
From a worldly perspective, we tend to think differently. We may not think the weaker ones deserve more and that stops us from giving, especially to our enemy or someone we don’t like. The other aspect of the story is how much Grace has been received by the three women. The third one received the most. Because she understands all she has is a gift from God so she willing to give and won’t get jealous when she sees someone receiving more. The more we understand the meaning of grace, the more we receive from it. Also the more we will live in grace and act like a person with grace. We become more willing to share, and to give, and won’t be preoccupied with who gets more or who gets less. We wish to do things which make God pleased and know how to love Him back.
If ye had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’, ye would not have condemned the innocent. (Matthew 12:7 )