“Therefore, since we have been JUSTIFIED by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1 (emphasis mine)
The word “justify” is used 4 times in Romans chapter 5 alone. When looking at Bible Study Tool’s page on justification, there are over 50 references listed. So I think it’s safe to say that this word is important to God!
According to Merriam-Webster, one definition for justification is “to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation.”
But, how can we be counted as righteous or worthy of salvation when “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23)? The answer to this comes from reading the verses surrounding verse 23!
“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.” – Romans 3:22-24 (emphasis mine)
Father, thank You for saving Your children! Thank You for having a prefect plan to declare us righteous. Thank You for Your grace which is new every morning. It is only by this grace that we are able to be declared righteous so as to not be separated from Your love by our sins. Lead us in Your Word to better grasp how to follow the path You have created for our lives. you always have our best in mind! Teach us how to live, rebuke us when we wander, correct us when we go astray, and train us to be mighty and strong in You! In the glorious name of Jesus we pray, amen.