11/24/22 Gratitude

READING: Romans 2:1-4:25

On this Thanksgiving Day, we have so much for which to be grateful. At our core, we are sinners—but God cleanses us. We are separated from our Creator—but He has made reconciliation possible. We are rebels—but He invites us to be His children. We are condemned—but God forgives. We cannot help ourselves—but God came to us in Christ. We are unrighteous—but God makes us righteous. We are destined for hell apart from Christ—but God calls us to Him, redeems us, and puts us on the path to heaven. 

The result? In no way do we have any room for boasting (Rom 3:27). We have not earned God’s favor. We have nothing to offer Him to gain salvation. All our righteousness on its own benefits us nothing before a holy God. Rather, our lives as God’s children are all about grace. 

His grace.  His grace toward us. Even when we are undeserving. 

After all, that’s what grace is all about. As one writer put it, “Grace leaves no place for satisfaction in one’s own achievement, for salvation is all of God.”* So, I say it again: we have much for which to be grateful today. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Are you genuinely thankful today? 

DAILY PRAYER: “Thank You, Lord. Thank You.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: Romans 5:1-8:17

*Morris, L. (1988). The Epistle to the Romans (p. 185). W.B. Eerdmans; Inter-Varsity Press.

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