and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.Romans 3:24
Salvation takes two acts on our part: belief in Jesus Christ is the first act. Not just a belief that He exists, but a three-fold belief: belief that He is who He says He is (God’s Son), belief that He did what He said He would do (died on the cross for our sins), and belief that He rose from the dead (his act of rising from the dead shows a new life that replaced the old one, just as our new life in Him shows). The second act of the believer requires a grievance over sin. The believer must recognize the sin that lives inside of him or her (as Romans 3:23 states) and then ask for God to remove and forgive those very sins. That’s it. There’s no “trying to be good enough” or following a list of rules. It is an act of repentance and belief. God does the rest as this verse states.
God pours out His grace into the life of the believer and freely makes them right in His sight. He sent His Son to die on the cross for every single sin that was committed and would be committed in the future. Through the act on the cross, God FREED us from the penalty of death (Romans 6:23). What an act of love and grace! Have you thanked Him for this act of salvation? Take time and thank Him for freeing you from your sins!
A Prayer to Remember
Thank you for sending your Son to die on the cross for my sins. I deserved death, but you took on death for my freedom. Thank you for the beautiful gift of salvation. Amen