We don’t have to understand Paul’s reasoning to appreciate his central truth and the difference it makes for our lives. Even though we daily observe humankind’s failure to live out relationships of love and justice, our failure is not God’s final verdict. Condemnation is not what God metes out. Our propensity to turn away from God and be deceived about who we are is in our DNA. But God’s grace, inexplicable and magnanimous, is more than enough to bring us into right relationship with God. Restored repeatedly by God’s great love, just as the psalmist prayed we would be (Psalm 51:10-12), we are bold to engage this tear-filled world with hope for justice and peace.
Faithful Lord, thank you for loving us more than we could imagine. May profound gratitude for your generous gifts shape our relationships with your people and all creation. Amen.