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Focus Verses: Romans 2:13; 21-23
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's
sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared
righteous. - - - 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
is not enough for me to hear God's law, or understand it, or teach
it, or proclaim it. It is a path to walk and a life to be lived.
This obedient life is not possible, however, without God's grace. The
Christian life is not one of trying to earn God's love or winning
approval through obedience to laws. Rather, it is looking to Christ for
the forgiveness, healing, and resurrection power I need to live a
life that honors God.
Righteousness cannot be
achieved through human strength or resolve, so those who do become
righteous have nothing to brag about. The Law exposes my failure and
the futility of trying to be righteous in my own strength. The grace
of God reaches out to me in my weakness and makes it possible for me
to be renewed, empowered, and transformed by his Spirit into the
Christ-shaped person he wants me to be.
Response and Action:
will not put my hope in a moral code, in knowledge, or in my own
strength. While I recognize God's call to live in truth and
righteousness, I also recognize that I cannot live that way without
God's help. I need God's grace, his guidance, and the strength of the
Holy Spirit. Righteousness comes by faith in Christ Jesus who makes
God's grace and Spirit available to me.
I will seek God
with my whole heart. I will be attentive to God's presence and learn
to live by faith--relying on the strength and guidance of the Spirit.
I will press on to take hold of the life that comes through faith in
Christ. I will pursue every means to be shaped and led by God.
God, teach me your ways and show me your path. I want to be more than a
hearer and a knower; I want to be a doer of the word. Help me, through
faith, to do the good things you have prepared for me to do. I ask
this in the name of Jesus, my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Philippians 3:7-9
7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing
greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost
all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes
from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the
righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
Why Sin Matters: The Surprising Relationship between Our Sin and God's Grace
by Mark R. McMinn