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Romans 3:1-20 (NIV)
3 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God. 3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” 5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7 Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!
No One Is Righteous
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law, we become conscious of our sin.
When did you first truly sense your sin and need for God?
Lord, every person is sinful. No one is living right. We’ve all taken wrong turns and wandered away from You. As my life was focused on things of this world, instead of satisfaction I became ever more aware of a sense of conflict and discontent. I longed for contentment and peace. I didn’t realize it at first, but the only way to be at peace is to be in a right relationship with You. I couldn’t do it on my own. Your righteousness is the way to peace. Thank You, that even when I was faithless, You remained faithful to me. Your faithfulness encourages me to be faithful to You. Thank You that you have entrusted me with the very words of God. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for filling me with Your Spirit. Thank You for loving me when I was unlovable. Help me to be faithful to you today. Amen