Forest Lake Talks

The Fifth Week of Lent – Friday

April 3, 2020

by Jill Duffield, Presbyterian Outlook editor

ROMANS 3:21-25a

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.

There is no distinction among us because all of us are sinners. Think about all the categories we put people in, all the distinctions we think so important. Now,
imagine all those distinctions erased and everyone utterly equal before God.
How does this change your perception of yourself and others?

We put people in categories, Lord of All, and then we rank them, treat them differently, act as if some are better or more valuable than others. We forget we all fall short of your glory and need your grace. When we remember, we are humbled and
chastened. Thankfully, you give us countless opportunities to repent and do better. Amen.

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