All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.”

Galatians 3:10-11

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Thankfully, God provided us the Sacrifice that makes us righteous and pays for our sins because none of us keeps God’s laws perfectly. In his boundless grace, God sent Jesus to do what we could not do: live a perfect life, never sin, and offer himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, transgressions, and rebelliousness. We don’t have to live under any law trying to earn our perfection and God’s acceptance. Instead, we live “by faith,” trusting that God will look at us through Christ’s perfection, not our imperfection. We trust that God will judge us based on Jesus’ holiness and not our transgressions and view us through the Son’s righteousness and not our unrighteousness. In this way, we fulfill the righteousness requirements of God’s Law by faith empowered by the Holy Spirit, without being bound to the “curse of the law.”

My Prayer…

Almighty and Most Holy God, thank you for your plan of grace that has brought me back from sin and death and given me a way to live victoriously for you. Thank you, dear Father, for Jesus, his exemplary and holy life, and his generous and loving sacrifice for my sins. May the words I say and the way I live show that your grace has captured my heart and that true faith in Jesus has changed my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray and praise you. Amen.

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