Grace: The Best Bargain of All

Match making sites are full of people searching for true love; the kind that’s unconditional. Casinos are packed with gamblers hoping to win millions without earning it. Advertisements are constantly promoting ‘free gift with purchase,’ or a ‘no cost consultation.’

Who doesn’t want something for nothing? I’d love to win the lottery, even though I didn’t earn it.

Some people spend way too much time in search of a bargain. But rarely is anything free.

Attaining wealth without earning it often causes emotional problems. In fact, people who win the lottery usually spend it within five years and some studies have shown it can actually shorten your lifespan.

I’d like to think we’re all capable of unconditional love but so often we find ourselves putting demands on it.

There is only one gift that is truly free and so many people miss it because they’re trying to meet their needs with things that are unhealthy or transient at best.

It is God’s grace and mercy.

I don’t deserve God’s favor but He gave it to me anyway, that’s grace. I do deserve God’s punishment for my sins but He doesn’t punish me, that’s mercy.

One of the best descriptions comes from Ephesians 2: 8 & 9:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Another popular definition reads as an acronym: Gods Riches At Christ’s Expense.

  • You can’t find it on a matchmaker site, but it does include ‘true love.’
  • You can’t win it in a casino but it’s value outweighs all the money in the world.
  • You don’t have to buy anything to get it so there’s no  ‘free gift’ with purchase.

But there is a whole lot of added value; eternity with God, and love that never ends.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary Jesus says:

    Hi i like your article ,
    man is ungrateful :
    [ And We have certainly established you upon the earth and made for you therein ways of livelihood. Little are you grateful ] [ 7:10 ]
    O Man look around you and ponder :
    [ let man see from what he is created ] [86:5 ]
    one of the BEST Chapter of the Quran that ask humanity is The Beneficent : [ So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny? ]
    u can read from here in English : http://legacy.quran.com/55
    thank you be blessed .

  2. Polly White says:

    I totally agree that money can’t buy you love. I wrote a novel about a serious topic-that is grooming and exploitation of students.’What If I Go?’ has a teenage protagonist called Grace who thought moving to UK would tick all the boxes. In her attempts to be loved she trusts a gang member and through this trauma she finds faith. Please check it out here myBook.to/pollyjwhite
    Thanks!

    1. Thanks Polly! I’ll check it out!

      1. Polly White says:

        You’re welcome.

  3. mrpayaso says:

    What a great devotional to get the week started!! Sometimes we get caught up in our problems, and that makes it hard to stay focused on God’s Love, Mercy, and Grace!

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