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What is "grace" and what does it mean for the believer?

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John MacArthur notes the following on the word “grace:”  ________________________________________________________
Grace is a single-word definition of the gospel. The gospel is the good news of God’s grace to sinful mankind. The nature of grace is giving, and the Bible tells us much more about giving than getting, because God’s nature is to give. God is a God of grace because He is a God who freely gives. It has nothing to do with anything we have done or have failed to do; it can only be received.
God is gracious because of who He is, not because of who or what we are. His grace is therefore unmerited, unearned, undeserved. It depends entirely on the One who gives it, not on those who receive it. Grace is God’s self-motivated, self-generated, sovereign act of giving.
God’s grace has another dimension that places it still further above every other kind of giving. The greatest gift of grace is self. Grace is therefore God’s Self donation, His Self giving. He not only gives blessings to …