“What is grace?” Many would laugh and find the answer easy, but really what is grace? Instead of asking what grace is, why don’t we start with identifying what grace isn’t. Many people in our society have wrongfully defined grace, which causes confusion and for the truth to be hindered, so what isn’t considered grace?
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Romans 6:1-2
Grace is not saying “Jesus loves me, so I will do what I want.” When we get saved, our lives are no longer ours, for we gave our lives to Christ. When we truly get saved, we are transformed, and our desires change! What the world loves, we will no longer love, so grace is not a crutch for you to have an excuse to continue sinning, but it is a way for us to confess our sins and escape the things that have us in chains.
“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:3-4
Grace is not “Following only certain parts of the Bible while you discard the parts of the Bible you do not like.” Grace does not give you a license to pick and choose what you want to follow. Either you follow Jesus completely or you don’t follow Him at all. There is no middle, and grace does not give you leverage to swing back and forth between God and the world.
Since we have established what grace isn’t, then what is grace? Grace is the free gift that God gave us so that we may be saved. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have salvation and a way to the Father; therefore, His mercy and love is grace!
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
It is by grace and through faith that we are saved and not of our works. Grace is there so that when we fall short of His glory, we can repent and remain in fellowship with Him. Grace is there so that we can have a walk with Christ, and so that we can grow closer to Christ, so that we may strive to be like Him and less like this world.
There are many definitions of “grace,” but there is only one meaning in the eyes of God. Grace isn’t the free card to sin, Grace isn’t choosing and picking what to follow and what not to follow, and grace isn’t a gift with a price that you must live up too. Instead, grace is the free gift that He gave us, and through grace, it gives us a way to have a relationship with Christ and a hope that even though we may be persecuted for our faith here on earth, we will be with our Creator in heaven one day where there is no sin or tears.
Therefore, do you truly have grace or did you come up with your own view of grace? The only one who can answer that is you, but just know, that God is willing and just to forgive us of our sins, so if you find yourself in the “isn’t” category, it is by grace that you can get yourself right with the Lord, but you have to be willing to let Him truly transform your life.