“Many people received God’s gift of life by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:15 (NCV)
We take our free gift of salvation and try to earn it or diagnose it or pay for it instead of simply saying “thank you” and accepting it.
Ironic as it may appear, one of the hardest things to do is to be saved by grace. There’s something in us that reacts to God’s free gift. We have some weird compulsion to create laws, systems, and regulations that will make us “worthy” of our gift.
Why do we do that? The only reason I can figure is pride. To accept grace means to accept its necessity and most folks don’t like to do that. To accept grace also means that one realizes his despair, and most people aren’t too keen on doing that either.