Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

The Apostle Paul writes to the Ephesians about the grace of God. It was grace obtained by faith when they believed God’s word of salvation in Jesus Christ. It was a free gift, nothing no one but God can boast about. For God gave us a new life in Jesus so we can accomplish God’s will, which is good and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

The Pharisees were always quick to point out the immorality of others while believing their moral compass was intact. It seems out politics of today are about the same. People are so busy pointing out the faults and failures of others they don’t see their own faults and failures. One person stands and lectures on the problems in the economy, who is to blame, and who should take responsibility. Yet the same person later admits to failing to pay attention to their own economics and the missing tax dollars they failed to pay. God knew people would fail so He gave His Son Jesus Christ that we can boast of the good work God has done. Yes, we might fail, but God has a plan for us to succeed. “For the Christian, moral discourse begins by focusing not on the sins of the other but on one's own failures."O God, be merciful to me, a sinner." It is the publican's humble prayer that is accepted by God, and it is the Pharisee—who is confident of his morality and the other's immorality—who is condemned.” (Mark Galli, Christianity Today, 4/04/2007)