For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—
and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
If life is “because I have to”—
where’s the joy in that?
Too often I hear folks rejecting Christ because they think the Christian life
is all about rules and regulations—
all about stifling, suffocating ritual.
It happens when we confuse Christ with legalism.
Legalism is joyless because it’s endless.
There is always another class to attend,
another person to teach,
another mouth to feed.
It makes all the difference.
I like this quote:
Gone are the exertions of law-keeping,
gone the disciplines of legalism,
gone the anxiety that having done everything
we might not have done enough.
We reach the goal
not by the stairs but by the lift . . .
God pledges his promised righteousness to those
who will stop trying to save themselves.
Grace offers rest.
~ Max Lucado