By Matt Snook
The book of Romans is a great place to start for the new believer. Paul lays out a thorough theology lesson that answers so many questions that are common about our faith.
- How do people find out about God when they don’t have the benefit of a church or a preacher?
- Why do we need a Savior?
- Do we earn any part of our salvation?
- How do we cope with bad things happening to good people?
In this short post I’m going to focus on one particular passage that stood out to me.
On page 177, the passage gives light to an incredible truth. It is not God’s intent to condemn us but rather to justify us. His love for us is greater than we can possibly imagine. His purpose is not to point out our mistakes from on high, but to sanctify us through Jesus. Once we are His, there is literally nothing that anyone, including ourselves, can do to separate ourselves from His love.
Our very best is nothing and our very worst is no surprise to Him. My obedience to Him is not from obligation, it is my willing response to His kindness and perfect love. The bottom line is that it’s just not about following rules anymore.
We walk in His Spirit in total freedom and the net result of our love is obedience. There is no need to replace the rules that He lifted from our shoulders. If we walk with Him, all the little pieces will fall into place.
Are you willing to walk in obedience today?