But the gift is not like the trespass.  . . . The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trepasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ? . . . For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man many will be made righteous.  (Romans 5:15-19)

 

Righteousness.

The state of being right with God.

Not perfection. No, definitely not that; not while I’m still here in this world.

Not immunity from the ills and trials common to humankind.

Not something I can achieve through my own efforts.

Not something another person, no matter how great their power or authority, can confer on me.

Being right with God is a gift.

It’s the most costly gift I will ever be offered.

It’s the most valuable gift I could ever accept.

I did nothing to deserve it.

It takes my daily commitment to preserve it.

Thank You, precious Savior, for this indescribable gift,

wrapped in Your suffering,

offered through Your death,

unsealed by Your resurrection,

and more than enough for me to marvel at

and cherish

and draw on

every day for the rest of my life.

Amen.