What is the biblical definition of grace? Grace is the love and mercy given to us by God. It is not dependent on our acts, but solely on the fact that God desires to give it to us. We receive this favour through salvation from God [as well as other blessings].
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.Ephesians 2:8
The letters of Paul always speak of ‘a blessing of grace’ for believers. For example, Romans 1:7 states, “…Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ..” Here, Paul is speaking to believers who are already saved and on their way to heaven, but he also recognises that they need grace for living—they need God’s strength and sufficiency to get through the Christian life. A good verse to help explain this grace by which we live is 1 Corinthians 15:10 where Paul testified, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” It was God’s grace that made him what he was. It was God’s goodness working in him that made him the great servant of God he was.
Like Paul, we also need the grace of God. We need it first of all for salvation. Without the grace of God, we cannot have eternal life. In addition, we need the grace of God for our daily walk in faith as we are weak and prone to stray. Jesus told us that we can do nothing without Him [see John 15:5]. But God provides daily strength through His grace working in us. We should seek this grace for living from Him. Then, we should believe that He will provide what He has promised and walk with assurance that His grace is working in us.