Grace: What Does It Mean?

The Bible reveals that God gives grace and we are saved by grace, but does grace do away with our need to obey God? Does God expect anything in return?

Is grace opposed to God’s holy laws? Is there a conflict between God’s law and God’s grace? Many believe that it is a matter of law vs. grace, but what does the Bible say?

The word grace comes from the Greek word charis, from which the word charity is derived. Its meaning includes unmerited favor and the gift of graciousness from God to those who have sincerely repented of breaking His holy laws.

Grace is necessary because everyone who breaks the laws of God brings upon himself or herself the penalty of death (Romans 6:23 ). The Bible is clear in 1 Corinthians 15:3 , “Christ died for our sins.”

In other words, because of man’s helplessness, Christ’s death opened the way for God to extend grace to all who would sincerely repent and stop sinning and begin to live according to God’s righteous ways. Read more about grace in the related articles.

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