Today's encouragement comes from Galatians 2:21, where the Apostle Paul wrote these words:
"I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."
This is a sweet verse, which beautifully wraps-up the entire message of the gospel. Paul, of all people, knew what it was like to seek to be justified by law; and he was always wary of falling back into that awful snare, after he was liberated by Christ and His gospel of grace.
Bottom line: if we can do *anything* at all, to attain our salvation—then clearly God made a huge mistake in sending His beloved Son to die a cruel death for us sinners on a Roman cross. (But we know that God makes no mistakes.)
[Puritan quote of the day: "Let us get humble hearts. Pride is the spring of disobedience.” —Thomas Watson, in, "The Lord's Prayer"]