God’ grace

It is by grace you are saved, through faith. It is a gift from God, not because of anything you do, so you may not boast.
~ Ephesians 2:8-9

Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ. All have sinned and are morally far short of the perfection of God. The love of God is not a sentimental winking at sin, as if it doesn’t matter. Jesus paid with His life to atone for our failures but, for this to be credited to your account, you must believe that it is so. Unless you accept the gift it is worthless to you.

The Bible says that saving faith is a gift from God. He chooses you, because of His mercy, and not because of any merit of your own. He opens your heart to believe.

God wants to ensure that, for the person who accepts the gift of salvation, it is a humbling experience. He leaves no grounds for personal pride and boasting. If you could earn your salvation through good deeds and religious observances then you would have something to boast about. God has removed that option. You are undeserving, but He is merciful. He gets the glory.

Spiritual transformation leads to a new life that shifts focus from self to God. Praise goes to the giver of the gift.

Grace is the unmerited favour of God poured out on you – in spite of your unworthiness. GRACE ... God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

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Bible references:
Ephesians 2:8-9
Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

Romans 3:23

... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ...

1 Corinthians 1:30-31

... by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Romans 5:9

Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!

Jude 14-15

... the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” ...

Isaiah 25:8

He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.

1 Thessalonians 4:17

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.