For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:10-14)
“Through the law, we become conscious of our sin.” (Romans 3:20b)
Have you ever felt mortified when you broke a law? I have. I spiraled into darkness because of guilt. I drank too much to relieve it and then I disobeyed other rules. If you’ve lived in the shadows of guilt, you know it’s a curse.
The other curse is: “God did not give a law that can bring life.” (Galatians 3:21b)
Jesus is the light in our darkness. He took our curses when he hung on the cross, and he gives eternal life. He said, “Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:26)
Exterminating guilt is easy. Tell God you’re sorry. He’ll forgive and forget your sin and will want you to forgive yourself also. Then tell Jesus you believe in him and want him to be your Savior. He will gift you with his Holy Spirit and eternal life with God.
Father, I praise you for taking away life’s curses through Christ. Jesus, I believe you’re the Son of God and hung on the cross for me. Be my Savior. I pray in Jesus’ precious and holy name, amen.