In reality, for many people, the greatest hindrance to receiving the grace of God is not their scandalous sinsâ€”itâ€™s their empty good deeds. When we realize that grace is a person, not a principle, abusing grace is no longer an option. Itâ€™s easy to abuse a principle, to manipulate a system, or to excuse away a doctrine. But itâ€™s much harder to abuse a person or violate a relationship. Please donâ€™t tell me Jesus was beaten and mutilated and tortured so we could try to save ourselves through our paltry good deeds. Jesus said, â€œIt is finished.â€ The more I think about this potent little phrase, the more convinced I am that we need a bigger estimation of God and a smaller estimation of sin. Loving Jesus, not avoiding sin, is the focal point of our lives. Itâ€™s human nature to mistrust what seems too good to be true. Letâ€™s settle in our hearts once and for all that Jesus is too good to be true. Salvation is too good to be true. Grace is too good to be true. Heaven is too good to be true.
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