I know one is,”Never to look a gift horse in the mouth” but the temptation is too strong with this smile!! This old expression was first a Latin proverb attributed to St. Jerome in the early 5th century. It referred to the practice of looking into the horse’s mouth to determine its age. Nothing seems so wrong about that except that to do so in front of the giver of the horse is not well viewed! It has come to mean being suspicious or critical of something received at no cost.
In today’s verse, Paul does not set aside or diminish the importance of God’s grace. It is by God’s unmerited favor that we are declared righteous. We cannot be justified by the works of the law but only by faith in His sacrifice for sin (verse 16). But there is something innate in our humanness that disdains what is freely given. We want to feel that we had a part in meriting salvation. We feel we need to work, sacrifice, or do something. But as Paul says. if that were so than there was no reason for Christ to sacrifice Himself.
The offer of His salvation came at no cost to me but the cost to Himself was enormous! There is nothing left to do but respond in joyful surrender. What heartache He must feel when I set aside His grace and start to think that I am really something and deserve anything! But when I understand how far-reaching His grace is to have taken hold of me, I am overwhelmed with gratitude.
Thank you Lord, for Your sweet amazing grace.