The grace of God is such a beautiful thing that God has given to us. What is God's grace? Does
God extend his grace to me without anything on my part? Do I receive grace by doing something
that God requires of me? Some people believe that God's grace requires nothing from them — that
it is a blank check to be used without discretion. However, the Bible teaches something altogether
different about God's grace.
God's grace is given unto all men and women. The Apostle Paul states that people are "justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24). Paul also says, "In whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7 ASV). Grace, by these definitions, is the justification of our souls by Christ's redeeming blood that forgives sin. Although grace is made available to all, the Bible teaches that there is something required of us in order to receive this grace.
Paul taught Titus about grace when he stated, "For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world" (Titus 2:11-12 ASV). Notice the clear connection between grace, instruction, and action. God's grace, which is free to all and has appeared to all, instructs us to do many things. God's grace teaches us to deny ungodliness, refusing to do anything that is contrary to God's law. God's grace teaches us to also deny lusts that pull us into sin (James 1:14-15). His grace further instructs us to live soberly, free from any thing that pollutes the mind, righteously, obeying all the commands that God has given, and Godly, living our lives as God expects of us. God's grace, although it is freely given, comes with many things expected of us in return.
Of grace, Paul also says, "For by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8 ASV). God's grace is how we are saved. However, saving grace only comes to a person "through faith." The Bible teaches, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Faith, which brings grace, only comes by hearing the word of Christ. James said, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves" (James 1:22 ASV). We must believe, have faith, and be "doers of the word" in order to receive this grace that God has made available unto all people. Without this we trick ourselves.
The Bible teaches that Christ is the "author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Hebrews 5:9). We must follow the instructions of God's grace in order to be saved.