Too Good To Be True

There's a popular saying that goes "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". Those are wise words to live by when dealing with human beings. Unfortunately, we tend to apply that philosophy to the things of God. I would venture that everything about God sounds too good to be true, but we can't judge the things of God by human standards. God is not a man.The reason we say "if it sounds too good to be true....." is that people can be unscrupulous. You can't trust everyone. There are people who seem to have no conscience and will do anything to anyone for their own gain! But God is not a man that he should lie! We can trust him!
We naturally think that if it's cheap, it must not be worth much and if it's free, it's probably not worth anything (or there's a catch to it!). And then we hear that God is offering free grace, free salvation, free mercy and we can't make ourselves believe it! Many people are literally working themselves to death trying to earn from God what he is giving away for free! They won't take "charity" from anyone, even God, and they insist upon earning righteousness for themselves. The problem with that is if you choose to earn righteousness on your own you will have to obey every commandment, all the time, in thought and deed, all your life! It can't be done! One of the reasons the commandments were given was to show us that we can't do it by ourselves, we need God's help!
I am saved by grace (which is free), through faith (which is also free), and have received the Spirit of God (also free!) to help me live my life. I receive it with humility, gratitude and praise, but I receive it! As a matter of fact, everything I get from God is free. God is a giver, not a seller! And it's a good thing for us that he is because, who could afford God's prices!? It cost the life-blood of his own Son to pay for our sins!
We need to learn how to receive and just be thankful! If God is willing to pick up the check, just say thank you and take it!

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