For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— Ephesians 2:8
As humans we struggle with “grace”. Someone invites us for dinner and we feel we must reciprocate. At Christmas we try and keep the gifts “equal”. Even in a lottery we paid for the ticket. But something for nothing is hard to accept. Receiving forgiveness and not paying God back is even harder.
The price paid is impossible to re-pay – even a fraction. Christ’s death was the complete payment for our sin. There is no way we can add to that. All we can do is be thankful and live thankfully.
As soon as try to make payment we reveal our own misunderstanding of grace and we also show our ignorance as to how immense the gift needed to be.
I must confess that too often I show my ignorance.