Grace can be many things, including a person, a divine influence on the heart, and an enabling from God; in this context, grace is also a gift. The grace we see now under the new covenant did not exist under the old covenant of the law. Only a few select men could be part of the priesthood and receive an anointing from God, and no one had the opportunity to receive new spirits and become God’s children. It took Jesus to change all that; now everyone—men and women alike—can be equal members of God’s royal priesthood and receive from Him as His beloved children. Because of Jesus, we do not have to qualify for blessings from God; we simply receive by faith, like Paul did. Things begin to happen when we learn to think humbly like Paul and throw ourselves on the mercies of God. Accepting the gift of grace enables us to show mercy and forgiveness to others in the same way Jesus showed it to those He met during His ministry.