For through the law, I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:19-21)
Many nights I crave salt, sugar, or chocolate. My muscles and stomach tighten, and I wrap my arms around my chest to comfort myself until I feel suffocated, stifled. I’ve had a bad day, so I deserve something good. I spring toward the kitchen, my eyes darting through the pantry or refrigerator for a snack.
We succumb to addictions, gossip, covet what someone else has, or seek too much affection from the wrong people when feeling unloved. It’s through obeying laws that we discover we can’t always keep them. We should ignore rules and love the best we can so we don’t live frustrated and guilty.
When we recognize Jesus as our savior, we realize that when he died on the cross, our sinful selves died with him. When he was buried, our sins were buried with him. When he rose, our righteous selves rose with him.
When we feel guilty, anxious, or angry because of past mistakes, it’s difficult to love and live our best lives for God. When we don’t accept God’s righteousness through Jesus, we’re not happy. And I can imagine Jesus weeping and feeling that he died in vain.
Father, I praise you for making me righteous. Help me apologize when I don’t act out of love and accept your forgiveness and grace. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.