this has probably been on here many times before. I just want to know what peoples opinions are. now let me make clear that I do not believe that we are saved by our works. but I will let you know I believe in merited grace. haha. most of you will probably condemn me for saying that. i'd better buckle up for this one! no i am not contradicting myself. how? well. God resists the proud and giveth grace to the humble. therefore, we must become humble before God before He gives us grace. humble being - having a repentant heart for example. "For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he with hold from them..." oh what? wait. i forgot the rest of the verse. "For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them THAT WALK UPRIGHTLY." oh what? that means that if we dont walk uprightly, God will withhold that which is good. therefore we need to walk uprightly in God's eyes for God to provide us grace. i've said what i needed to say. now on with the show. God bless. gek.