And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”  —Romans 4:5-8

            Have you put your faith in Jesus?  If so then you are justified.  Justice has been served on your behalf by Jesus and you are now counted as righteous!  You have the righteousness of God (II Corinthians 5:21).  Do you understand how blessed you are?  You are forgiven.  Your sin will not be counted against you by our Lord!  Forgiven!

            Stop and ponder this…  I was ungodly.  I trusted Jesus.  Now I have His righteousness.  This has nothing to do with what I have done, but what He has done at the cross on my behalf.  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).  “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27). 

Now we are to “put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).  And we are told to “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2).  May we be faithful in this today and for the rest of our lives.

Dear Father it is truly astounding what You have done for me.  I am deeply grateful, eternally grateful and may I live out that gratitude in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.  May it be so!

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