Helpful Adjectives

We all remember how exciting English grammar class was in school, especially when you took it mid-afternoon right after lunch. Just in case you were half-asleep, let me remind you the definition of an adjective. An adjective is a word that describes or modifies another person or thing; for example, the hairy lifeguard or the loud American.

Sometimes the Bible uses adjectives to describe God’s attributes. 1 Peter 1:3 talks about God’s great mercy and Ephesians 2:4 talks about God’s great love. But why are those adjectives there? A.W. Tozer says they help “cheer and elevate our own thoughts of God, not to infer that there is any degree in the mercy of God.” I hope you caught that last part which says there is no degree in the mercy of God. God’s love, mercy, and grace are perfect. We humans need those adjectives to remind us that God's grace, for example, is Amazing Grace.