1) Hebrew for Grace

Pronunciation: kheh’·sed (k is silent)
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“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy (hesed).” Micah 7:18

Hesed is one of the richest, most powerful words in the Old Testament. It reflects the loyal love that people committed to the God of the Bible should have for one another. It is not a “mood.”

Hesed is not primarily something people “feel.”  It is something people DO for other people who have no claim on them.

The word hesed has another aspect that also goes beyond “grace” as unmerited forgiveness of sin. Hesed also describes unmerited kindness that seeks to actively intervene to help a loved one. It is love in action, not just in our heads.

For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love (hesed). Lam. 3:31-32

Together, both of these meanings of hesed describe the enduring nature of God’s love, and reflect the fact that God doesn’t just show his mercy by forgiving our sins, but in actively intervening in all of our lives. It is the merciful, faithful love that God extends to us, and what he wants us to extend to each other.

2) Mini cross on the ring finger: A declaration of my faith, mark to symbolize that my relationship with God should be and is more important than being desperate about getting a future partner; to always remember that He is my reason, and that my future partner must also be a person after God’s heart.

3) Positive sign – a reminder to be a positive influence, to add value to people’s life and to always look at the positive side of things, circumstances and people.

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– for it is by His Grace, that I can be positive that my Soul will live. A reminder that I should never lose my soul in dancing, and in life; to always put my entire soul into what I do and to keep it filled and in line with the Holy Spirit.

References

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H2617
http://www.bible-researcher.com/chesed.html
http://discovertheword.org/2010/10/18/the-hebrew-term-hesed-and-what-it-means-for-our-lives-today/
http://www.egrc.net/articles/Rock/HebrewWords2/HesedLongActingLove.html
http://www.thetattooedengineer.com/2012/03/11/tattoos-and-the-bible/
http://www.sacredink.net/tattoo_and_the_bible/
http://www.sacredink.net/pdf/tattoo_research.pdf
http://www.thetattooedengineer.com/2012/06/12/irrational-arguments-against-tattoos-1/

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