Daily Archives: May 5, 2019

May 5 – Embracing Grace

This month we are seeking a deeper understanding of grace — the undeserved favor given to us by God. We are following a study by Kristy at the Organic Christian Living blog. Click HERE to go to her website for this study and dig a little deeper, with a playlist and devotions for each week of the study. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Embracing Grace that Comes from God —

Romans 3:19-28; 4:1-16

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.

Righteousness Through Faith

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 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, 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.

Abraham Justified by Faith

4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
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.”
Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

SOAP Note

Freely | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Romans 3:24

Observation

Romans 3:23 is a pretty popular verse. Most people know it, regardless of how familiar they are with the rest of the Bible. We have indeed all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We’re imperfect. But I have to admit that I’ve never really paid attention to verse 24 before. It kind of jumped out and smacked me this morning! Yes, we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, AND YET we are all justified freely by God’s grace because of what Jesus did for us. I sin and I fall short, but I am justified freely. Freely. Not conditionally. Not occasionally. Freely!

Application

I make mistakes a lot! I’ve only been awake for 18 minutes this morning and have already made a few. Kind of embarrassing to admit, but we’ve all been there (the Bible told me so!). So it’s really nice to know that even when I start my day off on the wrong foot, it doesn’t have to set the mood for the whole day. God freely justifies me! I can move past my rocky morning and prepare to set a better tone of obedience and grace. Thanks to a God who loves me and willingly chooses to right my wrongs unconditionally and forever.

Prayer

Oh God, I’m so sorry for sinning and falling short – and for sometimes doing it as though my life depends on it. It sometimes feels that no matter how badly I want to do what’s right, I inevitably choose what’s wrong instead. But You’ve prepared for that. And thanks to the death and resurrection of Jesus, You forgive and restore freely. That’s amazing and I’m so thankful, but my life doesn’t always show it. Please help me as I try harder to live my life showing You just how thankful I am for Your awesome power! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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