What is Grace?

Grace refers to "God's free and unmerited favor." It is God freely bestowing His goodness to people who deserve only punishment. Notice the implications of grace. God is in no way obligated to show kindness and mercy to anyone - least of all those who have rebelled against His rule. We are completely unable to earn any merit from God; we stand condemned in the courtroom of God's justice. Yet God resolves to extend mercy and favor to us in spite of our guilt. It is this grace that is the source of our salvation and characterizes what Christ has done for us. Because we are saved "by grace" alone, we can never earn our salvation or contribute anything to it. For all eternity, God alone will receive the glory and credit for graciously giving to us what we could never merit on our own. God's grace points to his holy love - a love that paid the ultimate sacrifice for the utterly undeserving - you and me. As John Newton wrote so well...

"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me."