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New Life Daily Devotion - Dec. 12, 2009

  • 2009 Dec 12

God's Solution
Romans 3:21-26

Romans 3:21-26Even though life may seem unfair to us, we also may feel justifiably guilty for all the pain we've caused others. We may struggle with a desire for fairness in life but also feel that if everything were as it should be, we'd deserve God's anger and punishment. When we fear punishment from God, we'll probably hesitate to approach him to ask for the power we need to recover.

There's a solution to the problem of needing God's power, but feeling that we don't deserve it. "Now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law. . . . God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair. . . . God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus" (Romans 3:21, 24-26).

God figured out a way to remain just in an unfair world. He found a way to punish our sins without having to destroy our lives as the penalty. When we can accept that Jesus' death was payment for our sins, not his own, it solves the problem for us. It also gives us access to the greatest Power there is: God himself.

God's solution is available to each of us, regardless of our failures.