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Read Romans 5:12-19

This is great news for a sinner like me!  It’s hard when you think about it.  No matter what your intentions are, you are a sinner.  How do you get past that?  And then to add to that – you do make mistakes, you do hurt others, and you are hurt yourself.  It is a lot to take in, but then this passage in Romans lifts us up.  It does so through grace.  No matter what we do or have done, or what has been handed to us, Jesus’ one righteous act through the cross resulted in justification and life for all who believe.

So, this Lenten season, name how sin is holding your back.  Demystify it by naming the chains, then break free of them with the acceptance of grace.  After all, Jesus was there first.

Set me free, Lord, by your grace, and I shall live!

Nikki Mazza-Fredley

First Christian Church, Monongahela, PA