"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10
Life is so NOT ABOUT US! It is by grace (God's unmerited favor) that we are not slaves of sin any longer or bound for an eternity in hell! So often, once we have been saved a while, we stop living by grace. We think we can just do whatever we want, for our own pleasure. We think we can sanctify ourselves. We act as though, "having began in the spirit, we are now being made perfect in the flesh."
Every day is an act of grace. God gives us the grace to breathe. To think. To worship. To praise. To respond with love. To show mercy. To glorify Him despite our sinfulness.
His grace is sufficient.
His mercies are new every morning.
His faithfulness is great.
He will never fail us.
Living by grace is complete dependance on Him to do the things that He destined for me before the creation of the world. I could never do good works on my own; I am incapable of doing or thinking anything good.
BUT BY HIS GRACE I can point others to His goodness and saving grace that changes everything about my life!