21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
After all the sobering news Paul mentioned about our sinfulness and God’s condemnation, he gives us this wonderful news! We can be found not guilty of our sins by believing and trusting that Jesus Christ has taken away our sins, that we’ve been forgiven, therefore making us right with God.
This beautiful gift is available for all of us, regardless of our background or past behavior. If you are not a Christian but would like to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can pray to God in your own words and share your decision with a Christian friend.
If you are a Christian, may you be reminded daily that you are saved by grace, no longer a slave of sin but free indeed. John 8:36 – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”(Su)
Thoughts for the day
- In which area in your life do you need to be reminded that you are saved by grace and no longer a slave to sin?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Stop and pray for someone who is near to you right now, someone you can see.