For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Christians love the concept of grace. We sing about it, preach about it, and proclaim it regularly. Grace will always be beautiful to God’s people.
How would we define grace? There are many ways to accomplish that task. One of the best ways to think about grace is this—grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense. Jesus paid the debt so that we could free. Jesus bore our sin upon the cross so that we may receive His righteousness. Christ endured the horrors of God’s judgement so that we might be gifted the glory of Heaven. This definition is succinct and accurate and seems to encompass what is meant by the word grace.
How should God’s people respond to all this? Christians respond through worship, praise, and thanksgiving. We give thanks for the grace of our Lord which saves, secures, and leads us to our eternal home with Christ. And of this we can be sure—there is no other word for grace but amazing!