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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Grace Is Free, But It’s Not Cheap BY RICK WARREN — MARCH 9, Wednesday
“Many people received God’s gift of life by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:15b NCV)
If you looked in your mail today and found a free gift waiting for you, it wouldn’t really be free. Someone paid for it at some point.
The same is true of God’s grace. It’s totally and completely free to you, but someone paid for it — Jesus.
Grace is free, but it’s not cheap. God’s grace cost Jesus his life.
That’s why it is only through Jesus that we can find the grace of God — because he’s the one who paid for the grace we receive. The Bible says, “We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved” (Acts 15:11a NIV).
Nobody else has volunteered to pay for your sins. Nobody else paid the price for all the blessings God brings your way. Romans 5:15 says, “Many people received God’s gift of life by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ” (NCV).
Because you receive the grace of God through Christ alone, the Lord doesn’t look at you like you think he does. God’s Word says those of us who have accepted God’s grace are “in Christ.” That phrase is used more than 120 times in the Bible.
To be “in Christ” means that when God looks at you, he doesn’t see all your sins, failures, and rough spots. When you’re “in Christ,” God just sees Jesus. You may see the scars, the mess, and the problems, but God sees perfection in Christ.
That’s grace, and it can only be found in Christ. Nothing you can ever do can make God love you any less — or any more.
His love for you isn’t based on what you do. It’s based on who you are in Christ.