Readings: Psalms 101, 109, 119:121-144, Jeremiah 18:1-11, Romans 8:1-11, John 6:27-40
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death…If the Spirit of him who raised Christ Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.” Romans 8:1-2, 10-11
“No condemnation,” what a relief. That doesn’t mean I go on sinning, but rather, because I am saved by the grace of God, by faith which is likewise a gift, God the Father sees the righteousness of his holy Son Jesus who paid the price for my sins so I can live into receiving the Holy Spirit and be changed to live more into the likeness of God who created me to be his image bearer in a broken world. It’s all gift, neither deserved nor earned, but given by a loving Father who wants good for his children. I am so grateful for this precious gift, and pray our Lord gives me what I need every day to live into the fullness of the gift. Let us pray:
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully
restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may
share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our
humanity, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.