What is grace?
When asked to define grace my mind automatically answers, “unmerited favor”. I guess that was drilled deeply in there sometime during the thousands of Sundays and Wednesdays I have spent at church– plus summer camps and VBS growing up. I just know that’s the definition of the word.
When you pause and think through the definition, you might find that it’s simultaneously frustrating and freeing. “Unmerited” means undeserved or un-earned, so I can do nothing, NOTHING, to earn grace from God. It cannot be attained by my merit, or it would cease to be grace.
That’s the most beautiful side of grace though, He gives it in spite of my unworthiness.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God… Ephesians 2:8