Grace is the help and strength we receive through the atonement of the lord Jesus christ. Through the grace of God, all of us who have ever lived will resurrect: our spirits will reunite with our bodies never to be separated again. Through his grace, the Lord also makes it possible for those who live his gospel to repent and be forgiven.
Our Heavenly Father bestows grace on us through His Son, Jesus Christ. When the word grace is used in the Bible, it generally refers to the enabling force and spiritual healing made possible by Jesus Christ’s kindness and love.
God’s grace helps us daily. It strengthens us to do good works that we could not do on our own.
Here are 50 types and biblical examples of Grace.
50 great examples of grace in the Bible
The Grace of God is the only aspect of Christianity that is distinguished from all other religions. We see the graces of God spread throughout the Old and New Testaments. Let’s look at 50 great examples of grace in the Bible.
1. Grace to the graceless
“And Jesus said: ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they cast lots to divide their clothes.” (Luke 23:34)
While Jesus was on the cross, people mocked him, yelled at him, and even stripped him naked. However, he asked God to forgive them. He gave them grace in their darkest moment.
2. Eternal life
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and that life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1st John 5:11-12 KJV)
We have not gained eternal life because of our sin. If you would honestly examine your heart, you would see that you are full of sin, breaking God’s perfect standard. However, God has given us eternal life at the cost of Christ.
3. Saved by grace
“By grace you have been saved, through faith. And this is not from yourselves; it is a gift from God, not the result of works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
Many think that they can be saved by being a good person or trying to be better. The apostle Paul teaches us here that there is absolutely nothing we can do to save ourselves. It is the gift of God’s grace in Jesus that saves us.
4. Permanent access to God
“Therefore, brothers, since we have the certainty of entering the holy places by the blood of Jesus, let us approach with a sincere heart, in the full assurance of faith, with a heart cleansed from an evil conscience and a body washed with water. pure.” (Hebrews 10:19&22 KJV)
In the Old Testament, the holy place was in the temple, and only certain people at certain times could enter it to be in the presence of the living God. However, thanks to the resurrection of Jesus, all who have faith in him can go to the living God. By an act of grace, we can have continual access to God.
5. The biggest free gift
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
We deserve death and judgment because of our sin. However, God offers us the free gift of life thanks to Jesus. It is a gift of grace, because we do not deserve this gift.
6. Justified by grace
“And you are justified by his grace, which is a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24 NIV)
Justified is a fancy word that means to be right with God. We are right with God by his grace. Jesus died for our sins when we didn’t deserve it.
7. God’s gift of Jesus
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
John 3:16 describes God’s greatest gift to human beings, which is Jesus. Those who believe in Jesus, the Son of God, receive the gift of eternal life. It is a grace because we do not deserve such a gift, but out of love, God sent Jesus to live a perfect life, to die a death that we deserve on the cross for our sin and to rise from the grave.
8. God’s gift to all mankind
“The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)
Grace is not only given to us through eternal life, but also through the creation of life. God breathed life into the first humans, Adam and Eve. All life comes from Him. It is by grace that humanity exists.
9. The Throne of Grace
“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with confidence, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV).
God sits on the throne of grace. As the creator of all things, God does not need to give grace. However, we can reach out to Him for grace in our times of need.
10. The presence of God in pain
“Three times I begged the Lord about this, to leave me. But he said to me: ‘My grace is enough for you, for my power is realized in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ rest on me. (2nd Corinthians 12:8-9 KJV)
Although we don’t know exactly what Paul’s problem is, we do know that he begged God to take it away from him numerous times. God’s promise to Paul is not that he takes away his pain, but that his grace is sufficient. He promises to be present in pain through Christ.
11. Grace is for those who are humble
“But he gives even more grace. That is why it is said: God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
Those who are proud do not see their sin, so they do not see their need for grace. Instead, humble people see their sin and their need for grace.
12. Relationship with others
“Bear with one another, and if anyone has a grievance against another, forgive one another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.” (Colossians 3:13)
We have an abundant amount of grace and forgiveness through the work of Christ. Because of the forgiveness we receive, we should forgive others. People now have a relationship of grace with each other because of the grace that God has given them.
13. The gift of a new heart
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
The prophet Ezekiel spoke of a time when people would receive new hearts of flesh instead of hearts of stone. All human beings have a heart of stone (desires and actions) that cannot be molded or formed. However, by the grace of God in Jesus Christ, we now have a new heart of flesh (desires and actions) that can be shaped and molded.
14. The gift of the Holy Ghost
“I will send you the Comforter of the Father. The Comforter is the Spirit of truth that comes from the Father. When he has come, he will speak of me.” (John 15:26)
Jesus is about to leave his disciples, but he promises to give them a helper after he is gone. That helper is the Holy Spirit who lives within each disciple of Jesus. He could have left his believers alone; however, by grace, he gives all believers the Holy Spirit!
15. Receive justice from God
“For us he made him to be sin, which knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (1 Corinthians 5:21).
Although Jesus was sinless, by grace he became our sin and was punished on the cross. Now, by grace, we have a right standing with God. God sees us as righteous even if we are not.
16. God Saves Noah
“But Noah found grace in the sight of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8)
The Hebrew word for “favor” is the same word we use for grace. In other words, Noah was saved from the flood because God gave him grace. Thanks to God’s favor, Noah and his family were saved from the flood.
17. God blesses Jacob’s family
“Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south, and all the families of the earth will be blessed in you and in your descendants. Behold, I am with you, and I will keep you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have fulfilled what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:14-15)
Time and time again, Jacob jeopardizes his family’s chances with his poor choices. Time and time again, God intervenes and, by grace, saves them and shows them his unconditional love. Here, God promises Jacob that he will have a family, a land, and a relationship with God, no matter what!
18. The Gift of the Bible
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete and equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The Scripture, which is our entire Bible, was breathed (or given) by God. Bible verses are used to teach and correct us. By grace, God has given us the Bible to show us what it is like to follow him.
19. Jesus heals and forgives a paralytic
“‘I tell you to get up, take up your bed and go home.’ We have never seen anything like it!” (Mark 2:11-12 KJV)
Many sick people came to see Jesus. Jesus owed these people nothing, but he graciously healed them often. Here Jesus heals and forgives a man who could not walk.
20. God’s formative presence in trials
“Rejoice, brothers, when you find tests of various kinds, for you know that the test of your faith produces constancy. And that constancy produces its full effect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4 KJV)
God doesn’t make bad things happen to us. However, He uses those bad things to create more faith in us and make us more like Jesus. By grace, what Satan intended for evil, in our time of need, our Lord God uses for good.
21. The grace that changes
“For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
We are all part of the darkness that comes from sin. However, those who are in Jesus now walk in the light! God’s grace brings us out of darkness into light.
22. Strength in weakness
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be discouraged, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
We often feel weak and have nothing left in the tank. God promises to sustain his people in those moments. His grace will be our strength.
23. The Gift of the Promised Land
The promised land.
“I will take you to the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.” (Exodus 6:8)
While God’s people (Israel) are in bondage, He goes to Moses and promises to lead Israel into the promised land. This is the land that He swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God did it out of grace and love for his people.
24. The presence of God in the desert
“The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.” (Exodus 13:21-22)
God brought the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, and now they are headed to the promised land. They are trapped in the desert (between Egypt and the promised land) because of their sin. However, God gives them the grace of his presence that never leaves them.
25. Grace, even when you don’t see it
“Because if you keep silent at this time, help and deliverance will come to the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows if you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
All the Jews were about to be killed. However, Esther stepped in and saved them at just the right time. The word God is never used in the book of Esther. However, God’s grace is always at work in the background of the entire book!
26. The call of the apostle Paul
“As he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:3-4)
Saul (who later changed his name to Paul) traveled and God showed himself to him. Saul ends up being a Christian because God showed himself to him. Thanks to the grace of God, he even showed himself to Saul, who at that time was actively trying to kill the Christians.
27. Grace for good works
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Those who have trusted in Jesus are now made by God to go and do good works. We do not do good deeds to obtain God’s grace, but because we have God’s grace and now we are God’s work.
28. Grace to work hard
“But it is by the grace of God that I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I have worked more than any of them, although not I, but the grace of God that is with me” ( 1 Corinthians 15:10 KJV).
Paul says that he worked hard for the Lord. He became this person by the grace that God gave him! .
29. Grace to Moses
“When he could no longer hide him, he took a reed basket for him and smeared bitumen and pitch on it. He put the child in it and placed him among the reeds by the river. Pharaoh’s daughter went down to bathe in the river, while her young wives were walking by the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maidservant, who took it.” (Exodus 2:3 and 5).
Pharaoh wanted to kill all the Israelite babies, including Moses. They put Moses in a basket and put him in a very dangerous river in the hope that he would live. God’s grace was with Moses as he protected him and led him straight to Pharaoh’s house.
30. Daniel’s Rescue
“When he approached the den where Daniel was, he gave a cry of anguish. The king said to Daniel: ‘O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions? Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God has sent his angel and has shut the lions’ mouths, and they have done me no harm, for I have been found blameless before him; and also before you, oh king, I have done no harm.” (Daniel 6:20-22 KJV)
Daniel was forced to enter the lion’s den through no fault of his own. The grace of God was with Daniel when he shut the lions’ mouths. The living God was with him!
31. Unconditional love for Pedro
“When they finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He replied, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” And he said to him, “Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15).
At Jesus’ trial, Peter refuses to know Jesus. However, Jesus is kind to Peter after his resurrection. Although the wording is complex in John 21:15, what Jesus is saying to Peter is that even though you have rejected me, I still love you and call you to go and tell others about me (feed my sheep).
32. Jesus Christ heals many people
“At sunset, all who had sick with various diseases brought them to him; he laid his hands on each one of them and healed them” (Luke 4:40 NIV).
Although Jesus’ journey was long, he continued to heal many people. Large crowds often came to Jesus. By grace to these people, he healed everyone who came near.
33. Grace to the Afflicted
“But we have this treasure in clay pots, to show that the superior power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in everything, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:7-8 NIV)
Although our bodies are weak as clay pots, our bodies point to the greatness of God. Even if we fall apart, God’s grace is manifested through our lives.
34. Hope by grace
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober, put all your hope in the grace that will be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13 KJV)
We can only have hope because of the grace we receive in Jesus. When you feel desperate, you can look for hope in the grace of God.
35. Grace as Salvation
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under his feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” (Romans 16:20)
At the beginning of almost every letter that Paul wrote in the Bible, he said “Grace be with you.” God’s grace was such a determining factor in his life that he wanted God’s people to know that God’s grace was with them as well. Paul often greeted people gracefully and left them gracefully. He asked that the grace of God be with them.
36. The Grace of Believing
“When he wanted to pass through Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he helped those who by grace had believed much.” (Acts 18:27).
Apollos came to a Greek city to speak the gospel. He teaches those of the city who by grace had believed. This shows us that grace gives us the eyes to believe.
37. Grace to minister
“By whom we have received grace and apostleship to stir up the obedience of faith for his name among all nations.” (Romans 1:5)
Paul addresses the church in Rome. He affirms that he has received the grace to teach the obedience of faith. Grace gives believers the ability to minister.
38. Under the Grace of God
“What should we do then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means” (Romans 6:15)
Some people in the church of Rome thought that they could continue to sin because they were no longer under the works of the law. Paul corrects them and says that those who are under the grace of God live righteous lives motivated by the love that God has given them.
39. Everything good
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, descending from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17).
Every good gift (or “thing”, as other translations say) comes from God. By his great grace, he does not give us any evil gifts because God is unable to do so. He is still the father of goodness, and that will never change.
40. No Condemnation
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 NIV)
We should feel condemnation for the sin in our lives. However, those who are in Jesus, that is, those who have put their faith in Jesus, do not have to feel condemned. By the grace of God, Jesus has already been condemned on the cross for us.
41. Grace for all needs
“And my God shall supply all your needs, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Every need we have, God will meet because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. By the grace of the cross, all our needs will be met.
42. Grace at Nineveh
“The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against her, because her wickedness has come to me.'” (Jonah 1:1-2 KJV)
The people of Nineveh were enemies of the people of God. They were a threat to destroy Israel. However, by grace, God calls Jonah to go to Nineveh and share a message of grace with them.
43. God is a God of all grace
“And after you have suffered a little, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore you, confirm you, strengthen you, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10 KJV)
The people to whom Peter was writing were subjected to extreme persecution. They were threatened with death for following Jesus. God remains the God of all grace and gives his grace to his people even in the midst of persecution.
44. Grace in the life of Abraham
“The Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, from your family, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, that you may be a blessing”. (Genesis 12:1-2 KJV)
Of all the peoples of the world, God approached Abraham and promised to make his name great. He was very blessed by God. His greatest blessing is that, through the lineage of Abraham, Jesus would come.
45. Grace for the Broken
“The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said” (Job 38:1 NIV).
Job is a man who has lost his house, his farm animals and his family. He looks to God to find out why this has happened, and God shows up at the end of the book in a whirlwind. Although God does not always give us answers to our questions, he gives us grace by being present in our brokenness, as he did with Job.
46. Grace to a broken church
“I always thank my God for you, for the grace of God that has been granted to you in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:4 NIV).
The church to which the book of Corinthians was written was a broken church. They had forbidden relationships in the congregation, people who let off steam in church, and extreme favoritism. However, they still have the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
47. Grace when it hurts
“Cast all your worries on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)
When we hurt, we can run to God. He can take care of our wounds because he takes care of us. His grace is there for us when he hurts us.
48. Free Grace
“But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” (Romans 11:16).
We receive free grace in Jesus. Undeserved means there is nothing we can do to earn it. If we could earn God’s favor, it would no longer be grace.
49. Jonah’s 2nd Chance
“And the Lord arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17)
God tells Jonah to go preach to Nineveh, but Jonah is afraid. Instead of listening to God, Jonah runs the other way and ends up floating in the ocean. God sends a whale to eat Jonah. What many may think is a judgment is actually a sign of grace, because He rescued Jonah from the sea and gave him a second chance to go to Nineveh.
50. Jonah’s Third Chance
“The Lord God appointed a plant and raised it above Jonah, to be a shadow over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was very happy for the plant. But the next day, at dawn, God arranged that a worm attacked the plant, so it withered. (Jonah 4:6-7 KJV)
Jonah finally goes to Nineveh, and the people listen to what he has to say. This makes Jonah very angry because he doesn’t want those people, whom he considers his enemy, to be forgiven. God gives Jonah a shadow and then graciously kills it, which makes Jonah angry. He shows Jonah that if the death of this plant makes Jonah angry, how much more angry would God be for the Ninevites. By grace, God acts in Jonah’s heart.
Types of Grace
The grace of God that comes through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the central message of the Bible. His grace is not limited to the cross, but the grace of the cross is needed by all of us because of the deep sin in our lives. Praise God that we can know him by faith through his amazing grace.
The important concept in these examples of the kind of grace that God has for his children is that because of his divine powers and God’s love for his children, we are recipients of God’s undeserved favor and love. This attribute of God and our understanding of grace is such good news that we should all rejoice to be his children.