October 26

Romans 3:26-28

“Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith.” vs. 27

Because of his conviction that salvation came through faith and not by works of the law, Paul insisted that there was no room for boasting. And he’s right! When everything is based on grace we have nothing to brag about. As he had earlier written to the Galatians, “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” As followers of Jesus we should be known for our humility…we’re really not better than anyone else. All we are is sinners saved by grace! And what is true for us as individuals goes double for us as a community of faith. Sometimes we’re tempted to hold up our religious convictions as being superior to those of other groups. We brag about the purity of our doctrine and disparage the teachings of other world religions. How much better it is when we treat others as our equals and show respect for their traditions and customs. Of course we’ll hold fast to the relationship we have with Christ Jesus. Of course we’ll express our love for Christ in all we say and do. But even as we lift high the cross of Christ we’ll be remembering that the One we serve gave his life for all people, and not just for us! And that’s something to boost about!

Thought for the Day: What do I boast about?

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