Lutherans are a people of grace. Our relationship with God centers not on what we do but what God has done. “Saved by grace through faith” is how Martin Luther describes our trust in God’s goodness. Because we are blessed with this gift of grace, Lutherans often are found to be Gracious, Grateful, and Graceful.
The central insight of Lutheranism is that human interactions with God center not on our achievement but on divine grace. God’s love and forgiveness comes to us through Jesus Christ as a free gift- this is GRACE. Think of the letters to mean:
Gift freely given
Acceptance and love from God
Courage and confidence that come from trust in God
Enthusiasm “God’s spirit in me”