Thoughts for reflection: Which came first; doing the right thing or believing the right thing? According to the author of Ephesians, and United Methodism as well, first comes right belief which is followed by right action. Grace is most commonly defined as “unmerited favor.” Through grace we are given the gift of God’s love and forgiveness which we cannot earn, and because of receiving and accepting this grace, our lives are changed to where we respond by living as Jesus called us to. How do you specifically respond to God’s grace? Are you trying to earn God’s love, or are you responding to what you have already been given?