What does it take to receive God’s grace when we really really need some?
Grace +___?____ fill in the blank
- ___asking for it
In fact, if you chose any one or more of the choices from the list above you’d be wrong.
You can’t get grace. You can’t barter for it. You can’t do anything to persuade God to give you one bit of grace. You can’t get any by praying for grace, but you can ask God for it.. You may not even recognize grace when you get it. You don’t deserve any grace. You can’t share grace with someone else. Why would you even ask for any grace. You don’t even deserve it any way. You can not work or serve in the church to earn grace. Grace is just unattainable on your own. Left to your own devices you’ll never lay hold of grace.
Grace is “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it”. It is not a created substance of any kind.
Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life,”1
God bestows His grace on anyone he chooses, as much as He wants, as often as He wants. He can even choose to give His grace to unsaved sinners or wicked people if he chooses. In Western Christian theology, grace is “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it”. It is not a created substance of any kind. … It is an attribute of God that is most manifest in the salvation of sinners.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9