Day 24

Righteousness by Faith Alone

from the Romans reading plan

Romans 10:1-21, Joel 2:32, Galatians 3:7-14

BY Bailey T. Hurley

If asked, “Does righteousness come through faith alone in Jesus?” I would have responded, “Absolutely!” But I didn’t live like this was true. For many Christians, we still live by the law when it comes to our righteousness. We want to have a good standing with God so we make sure we serve at the soup kitchen, join two Bible studies, and never raise our voice at our children. We tally up our good deeds and our ability to interpret Scripture insightfully so that people will be impressed with how righteous we are. 

In seminary, a mentor revealed to me the dangers of my pursuit for righteousness on my own. She said I was not free in Jesus because I was a slave to doing all the right things to control my own right-standing with God—she wasn’t wrong. Since then, I have heard many accounts from faithful Christians who feel that God is angry with them if they don’t read their Bible every day. Or they wonder if they are wrong for not following or agreeing with the unspoken laws of their church community.

Even though I had walked with Jesus for a decade, I had not realized the chains of the law that were strangling the true freedom I could experience by trusting that my confession of faith in Jesus was truly enough. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13), and we receive the blessing of faith through Jesus to receive salvation and in addition, righteousness.

At the age of 23, I had a faith awakening. Yes, I had faith in Jesus all those years before. But now, I was experiencing the true freedom of righteousness that rested on Jesus becoming the curse of the law for me. It became a mission to let my troubled brothers and sisters in Christ know.

This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.” 
—Romans 10:8–10

Now we no longer have to be put to shame by the law. I am free from the human standard for being a “good Christian.” And you are free from whatever binds you to performing the right services to be accepted and loved by God. You are right with God through Jesus. 

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52 thoughts on "Righteousness by Faith Alone"

  1. Ebony Lewis says:


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  3. Portia Strange says:

    There are quite a few extremes when it comes to righteousness.

    I don’t want to take Christ’s righteousness for granted & believe the lies that:
    1. I can do whatever I want. I can live in rebellion, ungodliness, & unholiness b/c of His righteousness. To believe that it’s ok to live in consistent, unconfessed, unrepentant sin.
    2. I don’t have to do the good things God is calling me to do. I don’t have to fast, pray, read my Word, serve, and/or worship because of His righteousness.

    I don’t want to not trust in Christ’s righteousness alone & believe the lies that:
    1. I have to do all the right things, at all the right times, in front of all the right people b/c this gains and/or maintains my righteousness.
    2. I can’t do anything bad. There’s no room for errors, mistakes, sins, and/or shortcomings. To believe that this will take away from my righteousness.

    Holy Spirit, help me to not fall into any of these 4 camps. Help me to be spiritually alert, awake, & sober-minded that I’ll immediately notice if I am, so that I can be quick to confess, repent, seek forgiveness & the transformation that only comes from You.

    This is the only camp I need & want to be in-You are right with God through Jesus.

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