But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21–26, NIV)
We often quote Romans 3.23 (“All have sinned…”) but we need to remember the next verse: “And all are justified freely by his grace.”
What are the different ways you can identify that people try to justify themselves, that is, try to determine they are in good standing with God? Why do so many of these ways involve our own doing and our own power?
How does being justified freely by God’s grace through Jesus affect how you approach trying to live for God? In what ways does it make living for him easier?
How do you have faith in Jesus to redeem you, a redemption that comes from no effort of your own?