08 September 2009

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation." (Romans 5:6-11)

I praise God that He did not leave it up to us to try to find our own way to God. I know from my own life that I can never be good enough---I am constantly messing up and failing. When I try to do good, more often than not I end up doing the opposite of what I want or know I need to do. Thank God, though, that we do not have to rely on our own "good works" to make our lives right with Him. He has already paid the price for our reconciliation. We only need accept His beautiful gift, offered with His wonderful grace and mercy to all who would receive it.

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