God’s grace is the theme of the New Testament and yet with all this scriptural emphasis it seems we are still slow to rightly understand it. We either tend to think that it is some kind of extra credit that adds to our goodness, thus making us acceptable to God. Or we secretly tend to believe it is a “get out of jail free” card that allows us to dabble in sin without consequences. Both are obviously a perversion of what is presented to us in God’s word.
Biblical grace is the immeasurable and completely unearned favor that God grants us because of Christ and in spite of ourselves. It is not an add on, but a complete replacement of our attempts at earning a place in God’s family. Once granted God’s grace is tenacious in instructing us to deny ungodliness and live holy lives – not to earn God’s favor, but in response to it (Tit.2:12). Let us always be grateful for grace, being careful to understand it as we should.