First of all - grace is defined by Webster's online as unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification. Then we must know the definition of regeneration - spiritual renewal or revival and sanctification - the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion.
I am not so sure that those definitions help but I do know what grace means to me - and I do know that I cannot earn grace - it is assistance given to me...and for that I am beyond thankful.
Greta - that's my crib name. I have known all of my life that I was adopted - really not even joking - it was never news to me. After I had turned 40 - in fact just a few years ago - I submitted a request to the Hope Cottage of Dallas to find out whatever information was on file about my birth and adoption. I wasn't so much concerned about knowing who the biological parents were but more importantly if there was any medical information available to me (there wasn't....). But what I found instead was a wonderful blessing - I found my crib name - the name I was given when my biological mother dropped me off at the agency - the name I carried for the first couple of weeks or so.... Greta.
Grace for Greta started that day when she gave me to the Hope Cottage - divine assistance that intervened in my life and for every moment - every day since grace has been given for Greta.
Oh - and I have always just loved the #4.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.