Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thankfulness: From Hand to Heart Day 13

"Open the gates of righteousness for me;
I will enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord."
Psalm 118:19 NIV

     There is really a never-ending list of things to for which to thank the Lord. Salvation is certainly at the top of the list. But have you ever considered thanking God for making you righteous through Christ? 

    Faith in Christ allows Him to save us from our sins, but more than that, it puts us in right standing with God. I love how these verses state it:

"Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,  so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:28-31 NIV

    We weren't worthy. We were the lowly, the despised. But through Christ we now are holy, righteous, redeemed. We can truly boast in the Lord, and enter into the gates of righteous-now open wide for us through Christ. That is most definitely something to be thankful for. 

Today's Reflection:
What does it really mean to you that you are made righteous through Christ? You can now be used to bring glory and honor to Christ. How can you express your gratitude that Christ has made you righteous? 

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