I love tonight’s passage from Romans:

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, though testified to by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction; all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.  They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his blood, to prove his righteousness because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed, through the forbearance of God—to prove his righteousness in the present time, that he might be righteous and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

What occasion is there then for boasting?  It is ruled out. On what principle, that of works? No, rather on the principle of faith.  For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.  Does God belong to Jews alone? Does he not belong to Gentiles, too? Yes, also to Gentiles, for God is one and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith and the uncircumcised through faith.  Are we then annulling the law by this faith? Of course not!  On the contrary, we are supporting the law.

Romans 3:21-31

“For there is no distinction.”  We are all sinners.  And we are all justified freely by God’s grace.  We have no grounds for boasting.  Our works on earth are not worthy of boasting.  We can not “achieve” our place with God.  It is only by his grace that we are worthy.  It is only through our faith that we realize this grace.

Thank you God for your grace and your love!  You are almighty.  Your grace is amazing and undistinguishing among us sinners.  Help me to not make distinctions among your children.  I know your way is the right way.  Help me to be strong in faith.

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