3 Bible Tips: What Is Grace?
Grace, from the Greek word charis, in the Bible generally refers to undeserved favor that we receive from God.
1. Jesus Christ's death made possible God's grace and forgiveness that save us from the penalty of sin.
"For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God's anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us" (Romans 3:23-25, New Living Translation).
2. Grace, salvation and faith are free gifts from God.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).
3. Grace is not an excuse to sin.
"What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!" (Romans 6:15).
For more about God's grace, see Grace, Faith and Law.