What is grace? We’ve been hearing, reading and speaking about it, but what really grace is? What does the Bible says about it? Different from a blessing which is according to our works and righteousness, grace is a gift from God that is not based on our works.
Romans 11:6 (NIV)
And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
It is given to us by the Lord out of His great love, humility and kindness.
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Ephesians 2:7 (NIV)
in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Christ has allocated His grace to each of us.
Ephesians 4:7 (NIV)
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
It is given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.
2 Timothy 1:8-9 (NIV)
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
Grace is a gift that may come in different forms. It can be a gift of prophesy, serving, teaching, leadership, charity, encouragement, and mercy.
Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
It can be anything that we need to flourish in all our good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
It can also be in the form of good hope.
2 Thessalonians 2:16 (NIV)
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
Grace can be a gift of salvation.
Titus 2:11 (NIV)
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Grace, through righteousness, brings eternal life through Christ Jesus.
Romans 5:21 (NIV)
so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Therefore, we should not waste the grace from God.
2 Corinthians 6:1 (NIV)
As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.
We should use it to serve others, faithfully overseeing God’s grace in any form.
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
Finally, we should share the grace of God to more people, to increase more thanksgiving and spread the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.