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.
4 thoughts on “SOAP Devotion Galatians 2:19-21 – Are you walking in righteousness? – Free online Bible study – Commentary in easy English – Day 721”
We are all sinners. Sometimes it is difficult to forgive ourselves and we feel guilty. I have always felt that it is easier to forgive ourselves if we have been forgiven. For me it is a a process. I need to think about the sin/mistake. When someone commits a really egregious act do they even think about what they have done, or care about what they have done, or ask for forgiveness? Is it easy for them to say, God forgive me for what I have done? Then never think about it again. I feel like God may want us to think about the sin we have committed and go through a process of forgiving ourselves. If we don’t put any thought into what we have done does righteousness mean anything?
I think God doesn’t want us to dwell on our sins. He wants us to be happy so we can spread his love. It is hard for me to know if people think or care about what they have done or ask God for forgiveness. I think we have put thought into what we have done by asking God and the people we have wronged for forgiveness. We don’t forgive if we haven’t put any thought into what we’ve done. We shouldn’t dwell on our mistakes. If we’re Christian we should want not to do the same thing again. Of course, righteousness means everything. We can’t have a relationship with God or eternal life without it.
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