Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV 2011
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Paul in just three verses laid out the doctrine of salvation. Webster’s New World college dictionary defines grace: “The unmerited love and favor of God toward human beings; divine influence acting in a person to make the person pure, morally strong; the condition of a person brought to God’s favor through this influence; a special virtue, gift, or help given to a person by God.” God’s unmerited favor, charis, is the Greek New Testament word for grace. Salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ is God’s love gift to all who choose to believe in Him.
This is an acronym from a pastor that he used when explaining grace: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. The real question is how do I show grace to others? It’s easy when I know them but those I don’t it’s a bit harder. We never know what lies ahead of us but I’m called to extend grace to others. I experience God’s unmerited grace daily. God sent Jesus to die in my place. God offered me His saving grace when I chose to follow Christ.
How do we share God’s grace?
Saved by grace,