Grace is not just an opinion, it’s an action. God being gracious to us does not mean that God who formerly thought we were bad now thinks we are good.
Grace is much greater than that. Grace is a favorable disposition towards someone followed by gifts. God does not leave us down here flailing around on our own, just thinking happier thoughts about us.
God gives us all things that pertain to life and godliness. His grace actively provides all we need.
If grace is a gift and grace never shows up without a gift, what are the gifts we receive by God’s grace?
John 4:10–the gift of living water–Holy Spirit/salvation/new life
Acts 2:38; 10:45–the gift of the Holy Spirit
Romans 5:17–the gift of righteousness
Romans 6:23–gift of eternal life
1 Corinthians 12,13–spiritual gifts of service to the Body of Christ
2 Corinthians 5:5–gift of the down payment of the Holy Spirit
2 Corinthians 5:18–gift of the ministry of reconciliation
2 Corinthians 12:7–gift of thorns in the flesh!
Ephesians 2:8; 3:7; 4:7–gift of grace
Ephesians 5:2–gift of Christ Himself
Philippians 1:29–gift of believing with suffering
2 Thessalonians 2:16–gift of everlasting consolation
2 Timothy 1:7–gift of power, love and sound mind
2 Timothy 1:9–gift of purpose and grace
James 1:17–the gift of every good and perfect gift
2 Peter 1:3–gift of all things that pertain to life and godliness
2 Peter 1:4–gift of exceeding great and precious promises
1 John 5:20–gift of understanding