Understanding God’s Grace
When I first gave my life to Jesus, I was amazed and utterly blown away by the grace of God. I would weep when I would read any of the Bible verses about grace.
However, it did not take long for me to get caught up in the typical bait and switch that happens in most churches when to come to the understanding of grace.
Most churches and most Christians for that matter start out knowing that it is grace alone that saves and keeps a person, but soon after hearing all the sermons and words of advice about the Christian lifestyle, they start to operate under a performance mentality focusing on good works and pleasing God.
The Biblical Definition Of God’s Grace
The word “grace” in the original Greek language is “charis” which means undeserved favor or unmerited pleasure. We have already pleased God because of grace. There is no more “having to do”to please God. It is the finished work of Christ on the cross.
So I hope to refresh your memories and to encourage your hearts by posting these Grace Bible verses.
Grace In The Old Testament
God’s grace shown to Lot
“Oh no, my lord!” Lot begged. 19 “You have been so gracious to me and saved my life, and you have shown such great kindness. But I cannot go to the mountains. Disaster would catch up to me there, and I would soon die. 20 See, there is a small village nearby. Please let me go there instead; don’t you see how small it is? Then my life will be saved.”
21 “All right,” the angel said, “I will grant your request. I will not destroy the little village.
God’s favor (grace) upon Moses
The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.”
God’s Grace On The People Of Israel
“But now we have been given a brief moment of grace, for the Lord our God has allowed a few of us to survive as a remnant. He has given us security in this holy place. Our God has brightened our eyes and granted us some relief from our slavery. 9 For we were slaves, but in his unfailing love our God did not abandon us in our slavery. Instead, he caused the kings of Persia to treat us favorably. He revived us so we could rebuild the Temple of our God and repair its ruins. He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem
Grace In The New Testament
The New Testament is filled with verses on grace. It is one of the primary themes in the book of Acts and the Epistles. Here are a few examples of grace scriptures in the New Testament.
Grace Bible Verses In The Book Of Acts
Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, and the two men urged them to continue to rely on the grace of God.
But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.
We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
“And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.
Bible Verses About Grace In The Epistles
These are some of the most important Bible verses about grace. They show that our salvation, relationship with God, and our lives are all lived by grace alone.
14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. 15 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.
20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.
2 Corinthians 8:9
You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.
For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
2 Peter 3:18
Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
Grace And Mercy Shall Follow Me
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
The goodness of God is His grace. I remember my uncle who pastored a small church in Riverside California used to say that goodness and mercy were the names of two huge angels that followed him around. Then he would give a big smile, letting people know he was trying to be cute.
However, people who have experienced God’s grace, know that His goodness and mercy follow them always.
There are many examples of grace in the Bible. Two of the cases I like are these.
One where Jesus goes and finds Peter after Peter denied him three times, and restores him to his position of leadership. (John 21)
The other is where Jesus appears to Paul after Paul had persecuted and murdered Christians. (Acts 9)
What are some of your favorite Bible verses about grace? What are some of the examples you love? Please feel free to share them in the comment section below so others can be encouraged as well.