Justice for all

Date: Saturday, December 21

ScriptureRomans 5:12-21

Verse: Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.  For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19)

There’s an early 20th century hymn you may know where the chorus contains the lines, “Grace, grace, God’s grace, / Grace that is greater than all our sin” (“Grace Greater than Our Sin” 365 UMH). But do we honestly believe it? We sing it. We read it. We talk and write about it. But often we think and function as if grace is insufficient. We want to do something more, or think we ought to.

Nothing in our world works the way grace does. When we talk about justice, we most often mean making sure people pay a penalty for the mistakes they’ve made. When God talks about justice, he means everyone being treated fairly. When we hear about righteousness, we often think of those who have set themselves apart, or at least think they have, as having a special relationship with God. When God talks about righteousness he means making things right, the way they were created to be. And that applies to you, me, and the broken world in which we live.

Many of us consider ourselves unworthy of Jesus’ love, an attitude that creates a barrier between us and God. Like the women in the Dove commercial we looked at yesterday, we focus on the flaws, thinking they keep God from accepting us. But God says He’s already taken care of that in Jesus – “one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all” (Romans 5:18). Look again at those last two words – “for all.” That includes you.

Whatever old hurt, sin, or mistake you are holding onto and are trying to make up for, God says let go. Jesus has brought justification and life to you. Whatever thoughts, habits, or choices you continue to make which you think keeps you on the outs with God, what Jesus has done covers it for you. I know that doesn’t make sense, and you may feel you should have to do something to make up for it. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, that has already been taken care of. God’s grace really is greater than all your sin.

Prayer: Melt my heart, O God, that I might truly hear that your promise of new life is actually for me. Amen.

Action: Sing the chorus of “Grace Greater than Our Sin” along with Bill Gaither in this video on YouTube.

Respond: When have you experienced the grace to God? When did you know it actually applied to you? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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