'''Grace''' is the very energies of [[God]] himself. The [[Orthodox Church]] believes that through the [[Holy Trinity|Trinitarian]] ministry of the [[Holy Spirit]] these energies are mediated to mankind.
That is, how God ''acts'' in forgiving and spiritual healing. Grace is the working of God himself, not a created substance of any kind that can be treated like a commodity.
==Human will and
God’s grace== It is the teaching of the Church that the '''grace ''' of God invites all but compels none. ''"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in" '' ([[Book of Revelation|Revelation]] 3:20). To achieve full fellowship with God , one cannot do so without God’s help, yet one must also play ones own part to the common work with God. Although what God does is of immeasurably greater importance, divine grace and human will are equally necessary.
The [[sacraments]] are seen as a
''"means of '''grace '''" '' because God works through his Church, not just because specific legalistic rules are followed.
Church emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in [[Christian]] life, and has maintained [[asceticism|ascetical]] disciplines such as [[fasting]] and [[almsgiving]], not as a way to make [[penance]] for past [[sin]]s nor to build up '''grace ''', but as a means of spiritual discipline, to help reduce sin in the future. There is no doctrine of Purgatory or ''"treasury of surplus merit" '' .