19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[b]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— 26 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.
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Sanctuary Ministries – Concord
Observation: Jesus, sometimes it is a struggle for me to truly receive Your free ticket of grace. I know full well the mistakes I have made, and all too often my shortcomings are my focus rather than Your free gift of righteousness. Sometimes I feel like a giant ruler is hanging over my head measuring my every thought, intention, and action. And there I am, falling short of the glory…
But today, as I felt the ruler measuring me, I heard You say, “This is how I see it…” You gave me a vision of a little girl standing as tall as she could against a wall. There, by her side, was her Father holding a giant yard stick. Yes, He was measuring her, but not to scrutinize her; He was measuring her growth. He took a pencil and marked the wall. Standing back, He joyfully said, “Wow! Look at how much you have grown!”
I am learning to have greater faith in the finished work of the cross. Even if I know I am saved, scrutiny of my daily failures can steal from the freedom I am supposed to have in the gift of Your righteousness. Truly, Your righteousness will always cause me to measure up in the Father’s eyes.
Action: I will purposefully stand next to Your “ruler” every day and ask You to show me where I have grown. Rather than scrutinize my shortcomings, I will celebrate my growth. When You show me growth, I will write it down believing this will be like pencil marks on the wall tracking my walk of faith with You.