Where chapters 1 and 2 left us feeling hopeless chapter 3 is beginning to show us there is hope. Romans 3:3b-4a says, “Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means!” I love the excitement in, “By no means!” Especially, when we replace “their faithlessness” with “our faithlessness.” So let’s read it again with the change: Does our faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means!
Romans 3:22b-25 reminds us, “there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, who God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith…because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins.”
Can you praise Jesus for the last part? “He had passed over former sins.” Even sins that were five minutes ago? Yep. Sins from 10 years ago? Of course. Sins no one else knows about? Even those.
In case you haven’t realized, God used this book to be a holy head thumbing, if you will. While being led to pray for others I ended up being shown my own sins and ways that I stray. But by continuing to prayerfully read through Romans I was also praising Jesus for dying for my struggles and my wandering heart and not giving up on me.