I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you.
The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what He does for us, not by what we are and what we do for Him. Saving us is all His idea and all His work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! Pure grace and nothing but grace be with all who love our Master, Jesus Christ.
There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting.