Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 4:31 - 5:2
But that is not the way you learned Christ!-- assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Now my metaphor breaks down a bit because anyone who knows me or my husband knows that we are not strictly the formal dinner engagement type, nor is the the gift of a new dress anywhere near as pure and precious as the spilled blood of the Lamb of God. One has a hefty price tag, the other is priceless entirely. However, it is an illustration, a bit silly perhaps, but nevertheless an accurate illustration of what it means to walk in grace. It is not to make little of the grace we are extended, but to accept grace with, well, with graciousness and with all sincerity and humility. We could never have never paid the penalty of our sins even if we were given eternity to work them off. He paid it all, and He extends that gift of a paid penalty to us as an act of undeserved and unfathomably generous grace.
To walk in His grace is to walk in unadulterated gratitude and love for the One who gave Himself in my stead; to clumsily imitate His walk as a child will imitate his father's mannerisms; to walk humbly and obediently for anything He asks of me can never be more than the price He has already paid. May we who know Him walk in grace today and in all the days to come.