How Christians Define Grace

1184 Words Feb 4th, 2018 5 Pages
While that definition is certainly true, it misses the deeper understanding of God's grace in all of our lives. That simple definition sometimes causes us to look at grace as less significant than it really is. For instance, we only look at the blessings in our lives and view that as God's grace to us. Again, this is a true statement, but it's only a part of the deeper understanding of the word grace. To have a true understanding of grace we have to look at the broader meaning of what God's grace is. Grace is unmerited favor from God which is necessary for all human life, both spiritual and physical, to exist and continue.
To understand this deeper meaning of grace we have to first establish some basic concepts about grace. First, we need to understand that grace is not earned. We can understand this concept when we see that the Bible tells us that salvation is given as grace through faith. The apostle Paul tells us, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (English Standard Version, Eph. 2.8-9). As we can see, God's grace resulted in Him giving us salvation, not us earning salvation. If we have to earn something it is no longer a gift, but compensation. It is no longer grace at all. Second, we need to understand that God alone is the sovereign author…
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