Crowning Grace with More Grace
The Scripture says, "But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, â€œGod opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.â€ (James 4:7)
Question: God gives grace to humble people. How is this not grace given for the human merit (or work) of humility, which would be the very opposite of grace (unmerited favor)?
Answer: God works to will and to do of His own good pleasure, graciously bestowing upon His people all that He requires of them, even instilling humility in them, so that the humility He gives is not a work of merit undertaken by the recipient, but God's work of grace in the heart of His elect people, which He then crowns with the reward of more grace. - JS