Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. —Psalm 32:1-2

Every single person that has ever lived on this planet is a wicked sinner, a trespasser of God’s law, of His perfection, of His expectations. Sin is vile and cannot come into the presence of the Holy Lord God Almighty. This is why an unforgiven person cannot enter Heaven without forgiveness that comes through the blood of Jesus. This is also why an unforgiven person will end up in eternal hell.

“Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

‘Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them”’ (Romans 4:3-8).

Not only does the Lord not count sin against a person who trusts in Him, but through faith in Him righteousness is credited to that person! “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21). This righteousness is a gift. It cannot be earned. No amount of good works can save a person. Good works come after we trust the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:9-10) and gives evidence of one’s faith (James 2:14-26).

Let us rejoice in the righteousness He has freely given us and out of gratitude may we faithfully serve Him. How will that happen in your life today and mine? Be faithful you who have been forgiven!

Dear Father, may I seek to be what You desire me to be today and to do what You desire me to do today. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son. So be it!

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