Brennan Manning writes:
Our culture has made the word grace impossible to understand. We resonate to slogans such as:
“There’s no free lunch.”
“You get what you deserve.”
“You want money? Work for it.”
“You want love? Earn it.”
“You want mercy? Show you deserve it.”
“Do unto other before they do it unto you.”
“Watch out for welfare lines, the shiftless street people, free hot dogs at school, affluent students with federal loans, it’s a con game.”
“By all means give others what they deserve–but not one penny more.”
But Jesus saves us not because of anything we have done but because of what He has done. We are saved by grace, not merit.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8).