QUESTION: HOW CAN WE GROW IN GOD'S GRACE?
STUDY REFERENCE: Ephesians 4:7, 2 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 4:15-16.
Grace is the manifestation of favor. Theologically speaking, grace is the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. The influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
In 2 Peter 3:18; bible tells us to "grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), and we mature and are sanctified by grace alone. We know that grace is a blessing that we don’t deserve. It is God’s grace that justifies us, sanctifies us, and eventually glorifies us in heaven. The sanctification process, becoming more like Christ, is synonymous with growing in grace.
In other words, grace is unmerited, it is a gift of God, the more we get to know more of our Lord Jesus, the more we take advantage of the grace in Him because grace and truth came through Christ. John 1:17 says; "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."
Though grace is a gift that we do not deserve but grace is not automatic, grace is made available only through faith, according to Ephesians 2:8, and we also know that "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God."(Romans 10:17)
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior, grace has been made available to you, because the Lord Jesus brought grace as our inheritance in Him. Ephesians 4:7 says; "But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it."
Therefore, let's take advantage of the grace that is in Christ Jesus, let's grow in grace by studying more of His word, as we increase in the knowledge of God's word and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, we can be sure to increase in the grace that is in Him.
Finally, we increase in grace by living the word and humbling ourselves in the mighty hand of God so that He can lift us up in due time. Bible says in James 4:6; "But He gives us more grace. That is why scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."