What is Grace?
human standard for "goodness" does not appear on the radar screen
compared to the Holiness of God. While you may be a good person -- I'm
sure you are! -- God's standard is absolute perfection, something no
one is able to reach. There is no activity, no way of life or
lifestyle, no deed, no abstention, that you can do that is able to put
you into a right relationship with God. Paul writes, "For all have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23, NIV).
is often referred to as "unmerited favor." It is the gift from God --
Christ's atoning sacrifice -- that allows you to be reconciled to Him
now and for eternity. Basically, God provided the means by which you
can be with Him again.
Ephesians 2:8-9 gives an
explanation of this: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through
faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by
works, so that no one can boast." (NIV)