Scripture:

Romans 3:20 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.

Observation:

Paul is writing to the church in Rome. The theme of this letter is righteousness. Many Jews felt that by their works and following the law that they were made righteous. Paul is opposing that idea by stating that no one gets righteous except through God.

Application:

The second part of this verse reached out to me today. I know that I am saved by God’s grace alone. His laws do not make me saved, but rather they point out the sins from which I must be saved. The law shows me my sin. I am not made more holy by reading the bible and following it. Rather, the more that I read, the more I am condemned and the more that I need to be saved. The law points me to my sins, Christ saves me from them.

Prayer:

Father, The cost of my sin is Christ’s life. I am so thankful for your grace in forgiving my sins. I do not deserve righteousness because I am a sinner. I accept your gift of grace and I am thankful for the gift of salvation.

– Don J