Rejecting Cheap Grace and Proving Our Love for Christ

This 1-minute devotion offers 3 ways to avoid the "cheap grace" taught in many churches. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

Modern Christians often buy into "cheap grace," thinking that their obedience to God's commands isn't important since they're already saved and forgiven. But they're wrong:

1. Good works don't save us, but true believers do good works. 

We've got Ephesians 2:8-9 down, but we often overlook verse 10:

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:8-10).

James 2:14-26 warns us that "faith without deeds is dead."

2. Repentance means diligently turning from sin.

Most of us understand the blessing of forgiveness, but we fail to realize that when we excuse or deny our sins, "we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts" (1 John 1:8-10).

3. Christ expects us to make hard choices for Him.  

We understand that Christ loved us while we were yet sinners, but we must not forget that love for Christ is revealed by our obedience to His commands (John 14:23-24).

Christian lifestyles have grown increasingly similar to non-Christian lifestyles. We're making easy choices instead of godly ones. It shows a lack of gratitude for all that Christ does for us.

When we love Jesus wholeheartedly, we will obey Him wholeheartedly (John 14:21). 


Check out the Bite Size Bible Study based on this devotion: Rejecting "Cheap Grace" Attitudes and Teachings. Also see the one-minute devotion Would You Like to Mature in Christ?

And please check out Wisdom for Life, a hardcover devotional priced lower than most paperbacks. It will encourage you to seek God wholeheartedly.


This 1-minute devotion offers 3 ways to avoid the "cheap grace" taught in many churches.


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  1. So very true Gail!!! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. What are your thoughts with James 2:17 and Romans4:5

    1. James 2:17: "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."

      If we're saved, it will cause a change in our lives and our goals and purposes will become God's goals and purposes. We won't do it perfectly, but it will definitely be reflected in our lives.

      Instead of pulling one verse our of Romans 4, we see by the context that it is talking about salvation/justification. We are not saved by works. Nothing we do is good enough to save our souls. Only the blood of Christ saves us.

      They may sound like a contradiction but it's not.
      We're saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).
      But we are saved to do good works (Ephesians 2:10).