Scripture Reading for the day: Romans 8:1-11
Scripture Quote: For the law of the Spirit, which brings us life in union with Christ Jesus, has set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
God’s glory is revealed to us as He inhabits our praises. We experience a deep communion with Him when He pours His love and unfathomable peace into us. But first, we must discard the world’s standards and replace them with God’s Law.
In the Old Testament we read about God’s demand for holy perfection and the blood sacrifices required for forgiveness of sin that the Isrealites lived under. God says in Leviticus 18:5 (NIV), “Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.” You will notice that God doesn't say, keep some of the laws.
God hates sin and can never embrace it - This is a real problem for us. Even on our best day, how could we shed all the pride and selfishness inherent in us? We try, sure, but we can’t actually live sinless lives. We are sinful people. That’s the reason, in His love and mercy, God sent Jesus to save us. (See John 3:16)
Jesus lived a sinless life, yet He offered His purity as the blood sacrifice for our sins. God accepts Jesus’ covering over His believers and grants us forgiveness, the Holy Spirit’s guidance and eternity with Him.
Today’s meditation: Jesus has broken sin’s power and polluting influence!
Memory Verse: “With my whole heart I agree with the Law of God.” Romans 7:22 (CEV)