For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Grace means looking away from yourself unto the cross. It means being accepted because of what God is, not because of what we are. It means being accepted, not based on what we have done, but in spite of everything we have done. It is the free gift of eternal life.
If you have never received that grace, I urge you to receive it now. You don’t have to plead your virtues; you don’ have to plead your great accomplishments. You see, there’s only one thing you can add to your salvation—your sin—for which Christ died. By God’s grace, He changes our hearts. By His grace, He brings us to repentance and faith.
God’s grace is really all we need. It is all-sufficient.
Grace is the most important concept in the world. It is the most important concept in the Bible. Some of you are saying, “Did not the Apostle Paul say that the greatest concept was love?” No, he didn’t. What he actually said was: “So now abide faith, hope, and love, these three. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). What a glorious concept this is. If grace had entered into the list, love would have had to step into the shadows, for grace is greater than love.
Question to ponder: Explain in your own words: What is grace?