Grace forgives sins through the cross, and bestows on the sinner both righteousness and eternal life.
Grace satisfies the thirsty soul and fills the hungry with good things.
Grace sanctifies sinners, shaping them into the image of Christ.
Grace perseveres even with the recalcitrant, determining to complete what it has begun.
And one day grace will destroy death and consummate the kingdom.
(John Stott, commenting on Romans 5:21.)