What is the importance of God’s grace mean? First, what is the meaning of grace? According to Dictionary.com, grace means “a manifestation of favour, especially by a superior.” So, the grace of God is the unearned favour that He has given us. Unearned, because there’s nothing that we need to do to receive it. We serve God because He created us and we get grace because we are saved.
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
What is God’s Grace Given For?
First and foremost, He grants us the gift of His grace because He created us to serve Him. And He knew before the foundation of the world that we would need the grace to carry us through life when we encounter difficult circumstances and challenges. i.e, lack of needs, suffering, sicknesses, death of loved ones, etc.
Hebrews 14:6 “Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
By His grace, He forgives us of our sins, and His grace saves us. It doesn’t matter how great our sins are, because His grace is far greater than our sins.
Romans 5:20 “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
Importantly, nothing anyone can ever give or do for us can compare to His grace. Nothing in this world can grant us eternal life but God’s grace. We are saved by His grace through faith. This means that without our faith in God, without believing that Jesus Christ is God we cannot receive His grace. If you don’t believe in Him, you won’t receive gifts from Him. Very logical.
When You Receive God’s Grace
Experiencing God’s unearned favour is one of His greatest blessings to us. When we receive the gift of grace, we are overwhelmed by His love for us and it draws us closer to Him. We are convicted to be gracious to others. At least this is how we should feel when we receive God’s grace in our lives. God’s grace shows us how to love one another, forgive one another, and live in service to one another. It encourages us to strive to become better Christians living according to His will.
1 Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so, minister to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Peter encourages us to show grace to one another as Jesus shows to us. Whenever we receive grace and other gifts from the Lord, we must bless others. As this is the way of Christian living, based on Christ’s example to us.
Taking God’s Grace for Granted
Although He grants us grace in spite of our sins, it doesn’t mean that we should take His grace for granted, and continue sinning and receive more grace. God commands that we live a sinless and righteous life.
Romans 6:2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid, how shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
When we deliberately continue to live in sin, unconfessed and unrepentant, we create a separation between ourselves and God. We cause spiritual death to ourselves. And, He will not respond to our prayers.
Although God loves us and gives us the gift of salvation, He still holds us accountable for our sins. When we live in sin, we are serving Satan. And we become a prisoner to sin, to Satan. The Word says that a man cannot serve two masters – we cannot serve good and evil. God and Satan. Whatever kind of life we live, it will manifest such fruits.
Galatians 6:8 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap. For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Based on this verse, God will hold us accountable to sin. But, the Word says, if we confess and repent of our sins, He’s faithful and just to forgive us. And we will receive eternal life with Him.
To that end, grace is the gift of salvation given to us by God. To guide us on life’s journey and help us through difficult challenges and circumstances. There’s nothing that we have done to receive His unearned favour, but, we must believe in Him and accept Him as Lord and Saviour to receive His grace. Grace pardons our sins to give us eternal life with Christ. But, He requires us to confess and repent of our sins, and live sinless and righteous for Him.