Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed . ... [and] everyone who believes is justified. Acts 13:38-39
Trying to achieve justification through obedience to the law is impossible for us. We have all sinned and broken the law, and when we try to keep the law, we keep breaking it because we have a sinful human nature. Our human efforts to keep the law in order to gain God's favor are futile. Forgiveness and the power to overcome sin are not within human capacity. Only God can forgive and can give us the power to live in obedience to his will. We can be saved only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ as Savior. The good news is that forgiveness and salvation are free!
Often our worldly view of reality tricks us into thinking, however, that something free is cheap and of poor quality. We are wary of free things. We like the feeling of ownership and control that we get when we buy things. But salvation is one thing we can never buy. The message of the gospel goes against our thirst for control. The Savior who saves for free also claims free reign over our lives.
Are you suffering under the yoke of legalism? Have you been trying to please God by your own efforts? Quit trying to help God. Receive by faith the forgiveness of your sins through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Confess your sins, repent, and receive God's forgiveness by faith.
Loving God, forgive me for trying to be my own savior. Help me to accept freely the grace and salvation that you offer me through Jesus Christ. In his name, Amen.
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