God says in the Bible: ”For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Salvation is a gift, it is not by works. Grace is the opposite of the wages that you get when you have worked for something. Salvation is a gift that you receive completely for free by grace through faith, not because you’ve earned it, not because you’ve given me something, not even because it’s your birthday.
Let me explain it like this: let’s say you have wrecked someone’s car and are standing before a judge. The judge knows that by law you deserve a fine for what you did. But because of grace, he chooses to pay the fine for you, and he lets you off the hook. But grace doesn’t just take away the punishment for what you have done wrong, grace is more than that – because of grace this judge also gives you his brand-new car!
Grace is God's undeserved favour
That is the grace that God wants to give us, the undeserved favour which He is offering. Grace to take away all our sin and to save us, but also grace to strengthen us each and every day. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, and we receive His righteousness as a free gift, if we just believe in Him. He adds to salvation the power we need to live the life God has called us to.
God’s grace is sufficient, it is all we need. In our weakness, it is the strength that holds us up. We live daily in God’s grace. The Bible says: “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2. Corinthians 9:8).
Grace trains, instructs and empowers us in our Christian walk. God gives us grace not to worry about tomorrow, grace not to be anxious about anything, grace to say no to sin, grace to repent and grace to live like Jesus did.
Most importantly, remember that grace means ‘a free gift’. It is not by works, but a gift. A gift from God the Father, to everyone who believes in Him.
Will you receive His gift of grace today?