A man's fist extended upright, signifying a sense of self-righteousness.

Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 15:1-6, 12-18; Romans 3:21-31

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

All of these passages are remarkable.

I am amazed by the fact that in Genesis 15:12-18 Abram is told there will be a time of enslavement. This promise from God is not going to be simply roses and puppies. No, there would be hardship. There would be need of saving.

Then, this passage in Romans 3 is always one that leaves me shaking my head in awe and amazement. Why? Because it undoes so much of my self-righteousness. It is the great reminder that is Christ’s faithfulness and God’s action that sets people right with God. We don’t add a thing to it. There is nothing that we do.

God in God’s grace sets the world right by Christ’s faithfulness.

The grace that God lavishes on God’s creation is without limit. It is effective and unstoppable. God’s grace brings about its intended result.

I am recognizing again that I need to keep on killing off my ego. There is so much self-righteousness in me that has yet to be dealt with on so many levels.

Today, I’m wrestling with this question, “What do I trust more, my own self-righteousness or God’s grace in Christ?”