Most of the time, we think of grace in the context of failure. This is understandable, since we are in such a mess. Through a relationship with Jesus, God has offered forgiveness and his undeserved favor in the midst of our self-inflicted plight. Even in a dynamic relationship with God, we still fail and are reminded of how much we need his grace for forgiveness.
But grace is not just for failure. God’s grace serves as “training” for life. We can experience abundant life with God because of his grace. It would be best to think of grace as how God sustains us today, not only after a future failing. Grace is for living, loving, and growing. It is for right now, “in this present age.”
For me, that’s a significant paradigm shift.