The Cost of Grace

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:23-24

Grace is free, but it isn’t cheap,
Costly indeed, just not to the freed.
The giver must give, lest it not be a gift,
The receiver receive, lest expense ruin thrift.

What is the cost? It depends on your role.
A gift involves two, on two opposite poles.
The giver is gracious; the receiver is graced.
Only the first, knows the high price of grace.

Author’s Notes:

In Romans 3:24, Paul uses two words that explain the cost of grace. In speaking of grace, he first calls it a “gift” which means that it is free. He then explains that it comes through “redemption” which means that there was a cost. This poem explains how these two different answers to the question of the cost of grace are both true.