11/17/21

Our scripture this morning is Romans 3:21‭-‬26.

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 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. 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— 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.

Paul reminds us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (v. 23). We can’t be righteous by our own strength or actions, only by God’s grace and forgiveness. Christ’s sacrifice has redeemed us to God.

Now that we have this precious gift of redemption, it is up to us to share the joy of our reconnection with all the world. Paul travelled widely to proclaim the Good News and we are called to do the same. There are people near and far who need to hear the message of God’s love.

Our faith enables us and compels us to reach out to the world, telling everyone of the blessing of forgiveness Jesus gives. All can be saved through belief in Him. Share the love and peace you have received with everyone.

Gracious God, we are sorry for our selfish acts and ask Your forgiveness. Make us strong in our faith and may we spread Your light and love everywhere. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

Retired pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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