Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
Romans 5:1 – 2
The apostle Paul writes that we are made right with God – justified – by our faith in Him. It means being corrected, put on the right path, redirected. We are no longer in opposition to God’s plan for our lives, but in line with His desires for us.
When you set up a document in a word processor, you can select the “justification”, which side the text is aligned with, so that the document looks the way you want. God wants us aligned with His side, not our own selfish ways, so He justifies us through faith.
Some people remember the meaning of justified in the phrase “just-as-if-I’d”, as in “just as if I’d never sinned”. Through the sacrifice of our Lord, our sin is washed away, and our faith justifies us to God. How will you be faithful today, that you may be justified, made right with Him and aligned with His purpose?
Gracious God, we ask forgiveness for the times that we wander from You, seeking the things we want and not what You want for us. Make us strong in our faith that we may follow Jesus to life eternal. Amen.