November 11 – Blessed Happiness for the Forgiven

It is true that there is forgiveness of sins through Jesus, and Paul writes more about this in his letter aimed at both the Greeks and the Jews who made up the church in Rome. Paul explained that even those who do not share the same genealogical heritage as the Israelites were included in this great blessing that God offers to everyone. Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried. Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him. Is this blessing (happiness) then meant only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? Good question, and the answer is found in the truth that this blessedness comes through faith alone. How do we achieve God’s standards of righteousness? By faith. By faith like Abraham’s. Righteousness is gained by faith.

Abraham was the father of the promise that God would bless all nations when those nations placed their faith, trust, belief in Him. Today, we are part of the “all nations”. Do we trust Him today? Relationship is so much more than a one-time belief that took place at some point in the past. A relationship with God is a growing process where joy and blessing increase as we place our confidence in God in each new situation. Paul experienced the joy that his sins were forgiven. He knew God’s Story when he quoted these passages from what David wrote in Psalm 32:1-2. He is excited and wants everyone to know this extremely good good news!  There are a lot of pages to read between the Book of Psalms and Paul’s letter to the Romans, and God’s theme of blessing shows up over and over again. His invitation is extended to all generations and all nationalities. God’s Story of blessings is the best!

Romans 4:7-10 AMP