The Christian life is based on the grace (charis) of God - "by grace you have been saved" (Eph. 2:8). God's free, unmerited favor, from his own self-giving love, bringing us into new life in Jesus. It embodies the center of the gospel, grace flowing from God to us. We are transformed by Jesus' actions, filled with God's Spirit, growing into the maturity of love and God's eternal life.