The Good News

The book of Romans has a central focus of explaining grace, it is the Good News. It is the work of the cross, Jesus paying the penalty of our sin. Paul explains that ALL are in great need of a Savior. Paul recognized and was able to  acknowledge his own need;

 Romans 7:24-25 NLT, “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”

1 Corinthians 15:9 NLT, “For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.”

Ephesians 3:8 NLT, “Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.”

1 Timothy 1:15 NLT, “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.”

As we discover our need or are reminded of our need, we should be encouraged, this is good news! Grace is what centers our hearts to our Savior and equalizes ALL of us. Recognizing what He has done and continuing to acknowledge what He has done for us personally will keep our hearts from self righteousness and develop in us humility and gratitude toward Him. This will stir our heart with a burden to see ALL experience this same grace!

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