Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1 NRSV)
Did you ever notice that some people always get it wrong? Paul Harvey, in his book FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH, tells about a county jail in south Florida where jail officials found a plastic trash bag hanging to the bars of a cell.

Inside was Jimmy Jones, a prisoner who hoped he'd get taken out with the trash. And he might have--except during roll call his reflexes took over. And when the name Jimmy Jones was called... From inside the bag came a muffled response: "Here." Some people just can't get it right.

But here's some good news--especially for those of us who sometimes get it all wrong. St. Paul says we have been made right with God. Think of that. We no longer need to concern ourselves about our salvation. We no longer need to wonder whether we will be found acceptable when we stand before the throne of grace. We no longer need to cast an anxious eye over our life's work. Because of what Christ has done, those of us who so often get it wrong have been made right!

Dear Jesus, thank you for getting it right for me. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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