Monday, the Second Week of Lent

Romans 1:17

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed — a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:  “The righteous will live by faith.”

Throughout the Old Testament, God’s people strove for righteousness.  They wanted to be seen as blameless before the Lord.  They wanted to be assured of God’s promises, and following God’s law to the letter was the only way.  You can probably guess that under the law they (and we) didn’t stand a chance.

imagesBut there is good news.  The flip-side to God’s law is the gospel (a word that means good news).  God sent Jesus.  (Good News!)  Jesus lived a righteous life under the law. (Good News!)  Through Jesus, God sees us as righteous, too.  (Good News!)   The righteousness we couldn’t receive on our own is given to us through Jesus (That’s GRACE!  Good News!)God’s grace, love, and forgiveness are ours for the taking.  How?  Just believe.

“The righteous will live by faith,” the Bible tells us.  “So that everyone who believes may have eternal life,” Jesus assures us.

Believe in the gospel:  the good news of Jesus Christ.

-taken from God’s Social Media Gracebook:  Daily Lenten Updates for Teens and Young Adults, by David Mead.

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