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Daily Devotion: Justification by Faith

Scripture Reading: Romans 3-4

In our continued journey through Romans, chapters 3 and 4 bring us to the heart of Paul’s message about justification by faith. In Romans 3:23-24, Paul writes, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

These verses highlight a fundamental truth of the Christian faith: every person has sinned and is in need of redemption. The good news is that justification, being declared righteous before God, is a gift of grace through Jesus Christ. It is not something we can earn through our own efforts or good deeds. Instead, it is a free gift from God, available to everyone who believes.

Paul continues in Romans 4 by using Abraham as an example of justification by faith. Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness (Romans 4:3). This righteousness was not based on Abraham’s works but on his faith. Paul explains that this principle applies to us as well. We are justified by faith, not by works, so that we cannot boast about our own achievements.

This message is both humbling and empowering. It humbles us because it reminds us that we cannot achieve righteousness on our own. It is a gift from God that we receive through faith. At the same time, it empowers us because it assures us that our standing with God is secure, based not on our performance but on our faith in Jesus Christ.

As we meditate on these chapters, let us embrace the truth of justification by faith. Let us live in the freedom that comes from knowing we are forgiven and made righteous through Christ. And let us extend that grace to others, recognizing that we are all in need of God’s mercy and love.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of justification by faith. Help us to fully embrace this truth and live in the freedom it brings. May we never forget that our righteousness comes from You and not from our own efforts. Empower us to share this message of grace with others and to live lives that reflect Your love and mercy. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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