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Unmerited Favor

Clip-Art Features for Church Newsletters, G.W. Knight, p. 53

When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day's pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements, that is an award. But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award&md;yet receives such a gift anyway&md;that is a good picture of God's unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we talk about the grace of God.