Galatians 3:5,11 ESV
5Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 11Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Paul warned the Galatians that salvation is all based upon faith in what Jesus had done upon the cross, to grant us salvation and restore our relationship with Christ. He argues that it is not based upon our works that we are saved, rather faith. Like the Galatians, we also can get mixed up with thinking by following the Law, we will earn forgiveness and be made righteous. Then it comes down to doing works (following the Law) to make us worthy to be saved. This is a lie that I have believed and go back to once in a while. If I obey all of the Law but mess up once, I throw it all away. That is exactly what it means to live by the Law; once I sin, I am unworthy before God. But Paul is warning us that isn’t what it means to live by faith. By faith, I am still justified before God because of the blood, the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.
I know I beat myself pretty bad when I make a mistake in anything. If I sin, I have a hard time forgiving myself and through doing “things” to make up for the sin I can feel justified. That idea is in its entirety wrong. I need to start changing my thinking and theology. Jesus’ sacrifice is more than enough to cover over my past, present, and future sins. I no longer need to feel I need to “do” something in order to feel justified. I need to start learning how to forgive myself.
Thank you, Jesus! Thank you for your sacrifice upon the Cross for us. That through your death and resurrection, I am justified and righteous. Help me to live more by faith than in observing the Law. Let my works be out of faith in you rather than trying to make up for the mistakes I make. I love you and am so grateful for what you have done for us! Thank you for living in me! Amen