Grace of salvation is unmerited gift from God
Ephesians 2:8–9 (ASV)
8for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not of works, that no man should glory.
Though convicted of his sinfulness, Henry Reed found no reprieve for his condemned state and so remained utterly miserable. All his attempts at earning salvation failed and he knew no joy until realized that, "By grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God."