What is grace?
Jerry Bridges defines it this way; "Grace is God's blessing through Christ to people who deserve a curse." This captures it nicely. We get what we do not deserve. That is grace.
What is the purpose of grace?
In the book of Romans we see a natural question to the purpose of grace (chapter 6). Should we keep on sinning so that grace may abound? Grace has a purpose. Understanding what the purpose of grace is NOT may help. Grace is not given so that we can press blessing to it's furthest extent. Instead the scripture tells us why grace has been given to us.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age.
So grace (or the receiving of the blessings when we deserve a curse) has two main purposes:
Once you have been saved from having to bear the consequence of all your guilt from sin and you have firmly understood what it means to get what you do not deserve then grace continues its work in your life. Grace will not lead us to a life that is a free-for-all or has a "take all you can" attitude. Instead when you understand grace it will train you. So what is it training you to do?
- Renounce ungodliness
- Renounce worldly passions
- live self-controlled
- live upright
- live godly
If these things are not characteristics you are continually learning and growing it then it may be that you have missed the training purposes of grace.