"God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil." (John 3:19b NLT)
Grace is a gift offered to each individual by God. Imagine Christ moving toward us, stretching out His arms to embrace us. Then Christ stops and waits for us to move into the embrace. The invitation is clear. Christ has made the first steps toward us. Yet, no one is forced into the embrace. Only when we step forward and accept the offered relationship does it happen.
God loves us enough to allow us to reject His love. Part of the mystery of humanity is why people choose darkness over light, hatred over love, sin over holiness, and separation from God over salvation. But they do.
-- Scott J. Jones in The Wesleyan Way: A Faith That Matters