Resting in Christ

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016

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Key Bible Verse: Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (Romans 5:1)

Dig Deeper: Romans 5:1-11

We know deep in our hearts that we don’t measure up. We feel the lack of our Father’s approval and so we set out to get it ourselves – we work, we strive for acceptance and significance, but we are never satisfied.

The result is that a black cloud of guilt hangs over our lives. The solution is not trying harder – it’s resting on what Christ has done for us. We need to remember every day that nothing we do, achieve, accomplish, or make can erase our guilt and provide worth. Only the righteousness of Christ can undo, wipe away, and remove guilt before our holy Father.

“It is finished,” Jesus said. On the cross his work for us was finished, and through faith in him, our guilt is finished, removed “as far as the east is from the west” (Ps. 103:11-12, ESV, et al.). Because of the cross, “There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).

When you come to Jesus for forgiveness, instead of living with guilt as a black cloud over your life, it becomes a reminder that you are a sinner who needs to daily ask for forgiveness and daily claim Christ’s perfect record (his righteousness) as your own.

– Pete Alwinson in Like Father Like Son

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