the just shall live by faith {thoughts on romans 1:1-17}

It is human nature to seek approval. We long to be accepted and loved, often at any cost. Unfortunately, no matter how much we give up, we never seem to garner all the acceptance we crave from one another. At times we give so much that we feel guilty of cheating ourselves. We’ve finally achieved the acceptance of others but at the cost of self-loathing.

This natural desire was placed in our hearts by our creator to draw us to Him, to cause us to seek His approval. In our misdirection towards the world we struggle and strive to no good end, but if we correctly direct our focus toward God, we find a way to finally be accepted. The good news is: we are justified (made right, accepted by God) by our faith. Not by our perfection, which would be the standard without Christ. By faith. Not by our adherence to any earthly rituals. By faith. Not by any other power than that of God himself. By faith.

So we are called to live this life by faith: being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Knowing that come what may we are accepted by the only One that matters, we can live in light of the fact that we are welcomed into everlasting life with Him though we deserve death. We are accepted because of His great love and sacrifice for us. He has paid the price for you and me to be justified before a holy God that demands justice and righteousness but loves us so greatly and knows us so well that He beckons us to accept His freely given love offering on our behalf. We are justified by faith and faith alone.

This is God’s amazing grace, the gospel of Christ, and I am not ashamed.

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All Scriptures are from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.

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