Danny Sims has been giving quotes from one of my favorite authors this week: C. S. Lewis.  Today he is quoting from Phillip Yancy’s book What’s So Amazing About Grace on Lewis’ opinion that God’s grace is what makes Christianity unique:

The notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. The Buddhist eight-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of Karma, the Jewish covenant, and Muslim code of law—each of these offers a way to earn approval. Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional.

Get this: we don’t have to do anything!  Nothing, nada, zilch.  And nothing can separate us from that love: NOTHING!  Why is that so hard to believe?  Because we are a society of achievement, everything we do is results and goal oriented.  We all find it difficult to believe that God will give us His love for nothing in return.  He just wants us to love Him back but that’s not a requirement for Him giving us His love.  If we could only free our minds from the chains and bondage of “doing” what an abundant life we could be living.  To be able to experience the freedom of just living in His love, allowing His grace to grow daily in us until in the end we finally become like Him, this is the gospel – the Good News.

What’s so amazing about grace?  It’s free.