Read Romans 5:1-8.
“Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 1).
She shot her boyfriend! He was beating her up; she feared for her life. She claimed it was self-defense. Time and again, we justify our decisions and actions, the things we say and the way we respond to what is happening to us. At times it seemed like a raw reflex; it was spontaneous, but nevertheless, it was what caused us to draw on our resources and what we felt were our strengths.
What about when you turn the other cheek, when you go the extra mile, when you give your cloak as well as your coat, when you use a soft answer in responding to anger, when you endure hardness as a good soldier? Do you justify those times by your faith in God who gives you grace and strength and wisdom? The hope we have is because of the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts. Thus our actions and reactions are to be justified by our faith! As Christians, let us act the way we do because we are who we are through Jesus Christ, our Lord! (Rodney Stearns)
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness;
On Christ, the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.”
Justify your faith by living out the Lord Jesus within you!