The word “grace” means unearned and undeserved favor.
Let’s face it, none of us are perfect. We are all Sinners.
“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Below are two reasons we need to receive the gift of grace.
God is merciful.
No matter how hard we try, even our best efforts cannot meet God’s standard, which is perfection. To meet the standards of a perfect God in a perfect Heaven we would need to be perfect too. But we are not!
You might look at it this way. If Heaven were Hawaii and we all lived in California we would have a long way to swim to get to Heaven. Maybe you’re a pretty good swimmer. You might be “good enough” to get a lot further than me, but you aren’t good enough to get to Hawaii. Even if you were good enough to swim that far, you would never find it on your own. In the same way, it is impossible to be good enough to be perfect. You might make it a lot further on your own than I would, but perfect (on your own) is out of the question.
Fortunately, God is merciful – and doesn’t want to punish us.
“God is love.”
1 John 4:8
God is just.
God is also a just God, therefore He must punish sin.
God can’t compromise justice. Even if He is Love, His perfect integrity doesn’t allow Him to ignore the punishment due as a result of sin. On one hand God loves us and wants us to go to Heaven, but on the other hand, a just (and perfect) God must punish sin. It sounds like a problem doesn’t it?
Well, God solved this problem through the person of Jesus Christ!