Week-ending : An Illustrated Devotional : Salvation
For they don't understand God's way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God's way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.
"The message is very close at hand;
it is on your lips and in your heart."
And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is in believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
~Romans 10: 1-3, 9-13
Last week we talked about the freedom found in forgiveness.
This week our reading in Romans talks about the easy forgiveness we find through our belief in Jesus Christ.
So often, when we hurt someone we feel that we must do something to make amends. We have to ask for forgiveness, and hope that the other person will forgive us.
When we do something to harm ourselves, we need to forgive ourselves.
God's Word says that when we believe that Jesus Christ died and was raised from the dead to take away the sins of the world, we are forgiven and we are saved.
God's forgiveness comes without strings or conditions. There's nothing you have to do to earn it. All you have to do is accept God's love for you.