Devotion for Saturday in the First Week in Lent

For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

~ Romans 5:17-21

All humanity became sinners through the sin of Adam and Eve. All humanity is redeemed through the grace and righteousness of Christ. The one difference is that we didn’t have any choice in becoming sinners; sin is born in us when we are born. We do have the choice of being redeemed. Our salvation is not born in us when we are born. We must actively reach out and accept the gift. We must say “yes” to Jesus’s sacrifice.

Gracious and loving Lord, I say “yes” to grace, “yes” to salvation, “yes” to eternal life. I was born a sinner because I am a descendant of Adam. I can choose righteousness because I accept the free gift offered through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.

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