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03/26/2013

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A Free Gift - A High Cost


"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (Jn.8:36).

My mom was the consummate coupon shopper. She knew all the angles when it came to getting those bargains. She especially enjoyed the "buy one, get one free" offers, and if she could apply a coupon to that deal she was in coupon shopper's heaven.... At a casual glance, it might seem that a coupon shopper is really taking advantage of the store or the manufacturer, but this cannot be the case because they are the ones who offer the deals. They would not do this if it did not mean more profit for them... Can getting this stuff for less money actually mean that in the long run we will pay more? Is this a paradox? Jesus said: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matt.5:6). To a casual observer, this does not make any sense at all. With all the saber rattling going on in the world, meekness is not what is to be feared. Jesus was using a spiritual paradox as he taught the Beatitudes of Matthew Chapter Five. When we examine them closely, those things that might appear to be contradictions are actually statements of very important spiritual truths. We have the free gift of salvation offered to us. Many who profess Christianity have skewed concept about just how and why this reward is attained... Lets see... "If I go to church a lot, give a lot of money, and lead a good life.... I'm in! Right?" Although the gift is free and offered to undeserving people, this does not mean that it costs nothing. NOTHING IN THIS WORLD HAS EVER COST SO MUCH! In the next few devotionals, we will take a look at the high cost of providing this free gift. A bit of research on your part is allowed...

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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