YGWYPF: “How can salvation be free?”
YGWYPF is social media slang, an abbreviation used for the English idiom “You Get What You Pay For” which is used to say that if an item that can be bought for a very low price, it probably isn’t very good. An item is usually only as good as the price one pays to procure it.
People invent social media abbreviations for words or phrases which are frequently used . The existence of YGWYPF demonstrates that the sentiment it represents is widely held.
Indeed, we live in a society that is always looking for the “catch.” This is not unwise. Jesus told us to “be wise as serpents” (Matt. 10:16) in this world; He commented on how “the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.” (Luke 16:8b). But this fact also makes it difficult for the worldly-conditioned mind to comprehend God’s Grace.
Grace gives what the recipient cannot earn. Grace gives not because of the recipient’s merit, but because of the Giver’s Love. John 3:16 reads “God so loved… that He gave…” not “Mankind so merited… that it received…” In fact, scripture clearly states, “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9). Grace is God giving what no one can deserve.
How do you receive this gift? Admit your helpless state and that God’s sacrificial gift of salvation in Christ is the only means of your eternal restoration. Acknowledge Him as your rightful Lord and obey Him daily. That is God’s offer to you, and it is free. You must only trust. That is what we call faith.
If it still seems difficult for you to comprehend that such a gift as eternal life is offered freely to you, realize this: no gift you have ever received was free to the giver, but only to you. The gift of God’s Son cost the Giver a very great deal indeed! But He offers it to you nonetheless.
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