We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
God’s grace is God’s unmerited favor toward us. One of the greatest ways He shows us grace is through the forgiveness of our sins after our heartfelt repentance and submission to God’s laws. But this verse warns we can “receive the grace of God in vain.” This essentially means we can begin to live in such a way that nullifies the grace we have received. The Bible is clear that we must obey God in order to receive His grace (Romans 6:1-2, 14-15).
The remainder of 2 Corinthians 6 gives a key example of how one can “receive the grace of God in vain.” That key is found in verses 11-18. These verses describe the problem of Christians becoming influenced by evil of the world around them. Christians are to “come out from among them [the evils of society] and be separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17).
To learn more about how grace including God’s favor can be lost, read “Fall From Grace?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “God Is on His Throne.”