(Proverbs 10:9 KJV) He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
This brings to mind the saying, “You can’t cheat an honest man.” That does not mean what it literally says. What it is reminding us of is that we end up being the loser when we think we are the one pulling the fast one. I have stopped going to pawn shops looking for a great deal. I have bought two guitars in pawn shops. I thought I was getting a great deal, not cheating, but a great deal. It turns out I was paying market. I didn’t get cheated but the person doing the selling knew exactly what he was doing.
When I hear offers that I can’t refuse, I refuse them. You hear this stuff on the radio all the time. Sign up for their free course and you will find out how to get rich in your spare time with no investment. Right. My first question is, “If it is so easy and so profitable, why are you wasting your time giving away your secret to the competition?” The answer of course is that they make their money from people who want to get rich in their spare time with no investment.
So? Sure, grace is free. Salvation is a gift. Living a holy life means living by certain standards. Consider God an “honest man” who can’t be cheated.