Grace As a Gift

Romans 3:21-31

For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God;  they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

It's so easy to slip into the bad mindset of thinking that our good acts somehow earn us favor in God's eyes. The scriptures argue, over and over, that God's love is given rather than earned. If it's a gift, it's not given with the expectation of return. That's the central message of the good news of God's grace, that none of us are worthy, but that all can receive God's gift. 

But the question then becomes: how do we respond to this gift? Yes, it's given graciously, but if we see it and are grateful, won't it change us? Won't it want us to give free gifts of ourselves to others? Won't it help us to become more gracious? May God's good gifts make us grateful and may we focus on perfecting our own giving.