2017-01-30 - God's Grace
We are justified by God's grace. The Lord didn’t want us punished eternally for our mistakes. So He sent Jesus in our place, to take our sins, our lacks, sicknesses, and burdens as His sins, lacks, sicknesses, and burdens so we could be free of error.
God can forgive our sins and declare us not guilty. (Romans 4:22) We are blessed because we are forgiven. (Psalm 32:1)
I don't know about you, but I want to understand more about this grace. I want to experience everything Jesus died for me to have. Jesus’ death on the cross was a one-time event, but one which has everlasting benefits. The Lord sees us as righteous because of Jesus’ death. When I fail, I need to see myself as God does, He sees me righteous. It doesn't mean I have an excuse to mess up, though. Righteousness serves as an encouragement and a reminder of how much God and Jesus truly love His children.
Lord, I stand behind and trust You. Shake off the wrong concept of myself, and forgive and cleanse all my sins. You graciously offer another chance, when I repent and obey. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.