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How to Grow in Grace
Growing in grace can occur in all religions, but in particular refers to Christianity and the Bible verses 2 Peter 3:17-18. These verses refer to a person’s increasing knowledge of God and ability to carry out God's will. Learn the meaning of the grace of God, what it is to grow in grace, and how to decide what God’s grace means to you.
Step 1: Learn what it means to grow in grace
2 Peter 3:17-18 says: “Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”
But what does it mean to grow in the grace and knowledge of God? You can think of personal growth like the growth of a plant: You need to provide your faith a solid root in the Bible, good light and food to grow. You grow in the grace of God by learning more about what God wants from your life by reading and studying the Bible. You also grow in grace by doing more of what God wants and living how He wants you to live.
Step 2: Discover the meaning of the grace of God
1 Thessalonians 1:2 says: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Grace is of central importance to Christianity: it is the means by which humans attain salvation. In Christianity, divine grace is God’s outpouring of love on humanity and the reason Christ died on the cross to redeem us.
Theologian J.I. Packer says grace means God’s love in action toward men who merit the opposite of love. God’s grace is Him sending his only son to die so that sinners can be reconciled and received into heaven.
Fellow theologian Frank Stagg says salvation is rooted in the grace of God, and that humans are helpless and hopeless without God’s grace. The blessing mentioned above in 1 Thessalonians states, “Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The important thing to note is that grace comes from God and is granted to you, to us, to all humans, freely, without merit or being earned. Keep reading for a different kind of “grace to you.”
Step 3: Listen and learn
Media ministries are available to help you grow in grace in the comfort of your own home. Essentially, media ministries were created to bring grace to you. In fact, one was named just that. Grace to You was a radio program by John MacArthur that expanded to include audio and text sermons, its own building and a website. Grace to You has since expanded internationally.
Grace to You isn’t the only media ministry available. If you want to continue to learn and grow in grace at home, ask your church leaders for recommendations or try International Media Ministries.
Step 4: Decide what God’s grace means to you
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…” Who hasn’t heard those words? “Amazing Grace” is one of the most famous Christian hymns. It was written by John Newton and published in 1779.
Its message is clearly one of forgiveness and redemption through the grace of God. According to Mark Noll and Edith Blumhofer in Sing Them Over Again to Me: Hymns and Hymnbooks in America, the shared understanding of grace and redemption has changed since Newton's time from a state of forgiveness and redemption bestowed upon us by God, to the belief that grace is an innate quality within all people who must be inspired or strong enough to find it. Noll and Blumhofer go on to say that “grace” and the meaning behind the words of "Amazing Grace" have become as individual as the singer or listener because of the hymn’s immense popularity and iconic nature.