Romans: Day 7

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Today's Text: Romans 3:23

Memorizing Scripture is one of the best ways to carry God-breathed truth, instruction, and reproof wherever we go.

As we read through Romans together, we will memorize the steps in the Romans Road to salvation, a concise explanation of the gospel using verses from this epistle. The first step acknowledges the problem: our own sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
—Romans 3:23

Write this passage down and post it on your mirror or at your desk, in your car or on the fridge—anywhere you’ll see it often. Save the image below as your phone’s lock screen so you can read these words of truth throughout the day.

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  • I’ve been walking with Jesus for many years and for some reason didn’t pay attention to the second half of the verse (Romans 3:23) … fall short of the glory of God. My thoughts turn toward THAT this morning and my desire is to do the opposite of what Paul writes about in the first part of Romans 3. Falling short, to me, means I am not reaching the goal. When Paul tells us in verses 9-19 about what it looks like to be unrighteousness, that is, not understanding, not seeking, turning aside, worthless, doing no good, having a throat that is an open grave, a tongue of deception, venomous lips, swift to shed blood, being on a road to ruin, no peace and no fear of God… falling short. I realize afresh this morning how my need – the absolute necessity – of Jesus is so very very great. I praise Jesus for His AMAZING redemption. I’m in awe of His amazing grace.

  • Firstly, I am speaking the following in love. I know it’s hard to tell tone sometimes in writing and I’m not angry, just a little uneasy about how I feel the verse is being taken out of context.

    I think we have to be careful about taking the Bible out of context. Paul is not speaking about the whole world in this text. He’s speaking specifically to the Jews and Gentiles, both Christians practicing their faith differently. What Paul is telling them is, “Both of you sin just the same as the other. Neither of you is better or more righteous than the next. You all need Jesus.”

    Yes, we were all sinners before our hearts were ready to hear the Lord’s call to us, but Romans 3:23 is speaking to those already saved. It’s a verse that is so often taken out of context by people. Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” doesn’t mean everyone in the world. Romans is written by Paul to believers, about believers. The verse is discussing Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians who were at odds with each other over how to follow Jesus. The word “all” references those two groups, not everyone. Paul is telling both Jew and Gentile that they both have sinned and need Christ. He’s not speaking to or about the unsaved (which many people use the verse for that purpose) nor is he speaking to other Christ followers.

    I think it’s fine to say that, “Wow, yes, this really speaks to me and applies to me personally as well.” I would just caution that we actually know the true intention of the verses we are reading and applying to certain situations or circumstances. It’s so important to know the full story and intent behind the words.

    I’m not trying to be a downer. I’m just a huge fan of people digging into their Bible and reading the surrounding verses to know the full intent of the verses they go around memorizing and quoting.

    • Jen

      Thanks for your post, Steph. I appreciate your insight. As a newer Christian I’m always confused these days. Verses that were used to help me understand the gospel and ultimately led me to profess my faith in Jesus, are then yanked out from underneath me in the context of…it wasn’t written for you, or it’s being misused, misquoted, etc. I have to fight the temptation to think that I “fell for” whatever people were quoting to me at the time. I personally feel like this verse (Romans 3:23) opened my eyes to the reality that everyone is a sinner…even the people in my life that I thought were “perfect”. Even if it wasn’t written to me. It led to my salvation. In any case, just wanted to weigh in on what it feels like from this perspective. Thanks again for your thoughts!

      • Casey

        I know I am late chiming in but I just wanted to say to Jen that scripture is meant to inspire you, grow you and transform you. It was written so we could learn, grow and understand! There isn’t much of the New Testament that can’t be applied to us, everyone. Just let the Spirit continue to guide your understanding as it sounds like he is so far!

    • Chelsea

      In Romans 1, Paul says that the Gentiles are sinners. In Romans 2, Paul explains that the Jews are sinners. In Romans 3 he explains that all are sinners and are justified by Christ. He is writing to believers, but explaining to the believers that everyone in the world are sinners and need Jesus to be justified. It’s not taking it out of context to say that every person in the world is a sinner. To say some do not sin is to say that they are saved by their own works, which runs contrary to Scripture. If some do not sin, why should we as Christians proclaim Christ to the entire world (Matthew 28:18-20)? It is true that none of us are better than the other, which is why the entire world needs Jesus because everyone in the world is a sinner. The only difference between a Christian and an unbeliever is one has Jesus and the other needs Jesus, but it is not taking it out of context to say that Paul means everyone in the world when he writes “all.” Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

  • Susan Guiselman

    I have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23.
    Making it personal helps keep be grounded in the truth that I am saved only through Christ, not through anything I’ve ever done or can do. It’s all about Jesus ans God’s plan for redemption.

  • Laura Humphreys

    I love this study! I’ve posted the pictures at the end of the readings to my Facebook and five more girls have decided to join me in this study! God is good!!

  • appledees

    I’m behind several days, but I MUST say… oh how I love the discussion questions part!!!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • I am loving this study and how it’s building the foundation of our need for a savior to better understand Gods love! It’s really helping me to love fearlessly to all of the people in my life!

  • Let’s pray sisters that SRT crew is doing good and God keeps them safe and productive in this unpredictable messy world. I pray that God also is with their families and close ones.

  • Debbera Vail

    so something is wrong this is the 12th and I have one Sunday’s Weekly Truth?

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Debbera! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

      – Stormye

  • My son gave a sermon for senior Sunday. He spoke about sin, and expressed wanting to recognize sin so that he could return to God for forgiveness, and strength. My son expressed that recognition of sin helps us return to God. He pointed out that we all sin but recognition takes us to our Father. I hope this helps others here. Celeste

  • Samantha Patterson

    I am going to start reading up on Romans 3:21-31. Might not have the devotional to go with it but I will ask: “what does this passage tell me about God?” And “How should I use theses truths about God in my actions?” At least until the devotional is up :)

  • Read in my Romans book but came to read the devotion. Hoe all is well.

  • All the countries represented here is awesome! Reading all the times across the world woman are being prayed for and in the word while, here in Indiana, I was sleeping is just so cool! Thank you Lord, for these women, sisters, United in your word!

  • Missing the devotional for today as well.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi friends! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

      – Stormye

  • Thought my app was working up and not loading day 8, but it looks like I’m not alone!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi friends! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

      – Stormye

  • Also looking for day 8?

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi friends! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

      – Stormye

  • 6 am in South Carolina, but no update yet. Hope everything is ok ladies!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi friends! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

      – Stormye

  • Kathryn Arms

    Where is Day 8?!?

    • Marypat

      I am on the West Coast, PST – no update for day 8. I am beginning to think we are to meditate on our “weekly memory verse”, Romans 3:23……that is what I will do this morning.✝
      “Glory of God” is what God intended man to be.
      Yes, I am a sinner. I am a sinner who falls short of the glory of God. But everyday I ask my Father Almighty to help me be more like him. I am renewed by him and in him.

      Digging deeper:
      Ephesians 4:24 – “and to out on a new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
      Colossians 3:10 – “and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
      2 Corinthians 5:17 – “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

      I will continue reading, meditating and writing in my beautiful SRT study guide, filling page 43.

      Have a blessed day, dear She’s! ❤️✝

      • She Reads Truth

        Hi friends! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

        – Stormye

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi friends! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

      – Stormye

  • Elisabeth7291

    No update at 5:15 AM in EST. I thought it was just me.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi friends! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

      – Stormye

  • hey sister. its 11 am here in south Africa and still no Monday devotional . I hope everything’s alright ladies

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi friends! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

      – Stormye

  • Missing the Monday devotional. It´s 9 am here in Europe and the only site I see is Weekly Truth …

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Marianne! Day 8 went up a tad later than planned (human error on my part). Thank you for your grace! It is now up.

      – Stormye

  • Grateful & thankful for God’s love. Happy Sunday!

  • Thank you for guiding us through Romans , and memorizing these scriptures. Many of the verses along the “Romans Road ” are ones that I can and will still quotes when comforting the sick or guiding people seeking faith, but I have forgotten where to look them up.
    I hope the spiritual discipline of memorizing them will keep them even fresher in my mind and guide my wandering heart as well.

  • So thankful

  • Dawnsings4-1

    I am reminded as I read this today of this truth. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15. Praise God for his love and mercy and for putting a plan into place to save us. As he gave what was good and right in the beginning, He saw fit to do even after the fall. He truley is a good Father. Grace- beauty against ugliness

  • churchmouse

    Yes. All have sinned. There are no exceptions. All fall short of the glory of God. And this glory is Jesus. All fall short of Jesus – He is the standard. Not my neighbor. I may think I do better than that person over there but they are not the standard. How do I compare to Jesus? Not so good, huh? Sounds like very bad news. True. But the good news is that when I come to Jesus at the cross, confess my sin and need for Him, His arms are open. Where once I fell short, now I stand confidently and gratefully beside Him. My sins – forgiven. My future – secure. Sounds like very good news indeed!

    • Beth

      I agree, churchmouse. It is incredible news, but after 60 years I still find it hard to believe. Why do we have such a hard time accepting His love and grace? It is just in this past year that I’m coming to rest in Him. I used to read Matthew 11:30, ‘for my yoke is easy and my burden is light’ and wonder how that could be? It always seemed so hard to live a Christian life. I expected so much of myself and felt that I was disappointing God every day. I am now beginning to really rest in His arms and feel His love. I wake up with a new sense of joy and peace that I’ve sought for so long. Praise Him! Good Sabbath to you all!

      • Karen

        It is amazing grace. It never gets old and if I don’t watch I forget the wonder. I want to rest in the gospel and this great love. Period. But so easily stress and my unbelief let me forget. All is well in Jesus even when the days are rough. Happy week. God is with us.

      • Nathalie

        Beth, thank you for sharing your heart and struggles! Praise God for your new found joy!!!!

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