Your faith words
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): Romans 10:8
The beginning of Romans 10 is a continuation of the apostle Paul’s heart ache for the nation of Israel. Again, he talks about his desire to see them receive their Messiah. He goes on to talk about how they are clinging to the law and their own righteous acts to get them to God. Then he begins to talk about how different it is to live by faith instead of by the law. He says you don’t have to raise yourself high above others or go down to the abyss. The word of faith is right where you are: in your mouth and in your heart. He goes through a few well know phrases such as confession with your mouth and believing in your heart to be saved. He finishes this first section of the chapter by saying: Anyone, whether Jew or Greek can call on the name of the Lord to be saved!
This is great news, and I am so thankful that salvation is available to all. The Jewish people of Paul’s day where not so excited about it. They liked having their exclusive righteousness that could only be obtained by fulfilling the law. The only problem with that was they were unable to fulfill the law. Only Jesus fulfilled the law and in doing so, we are no longer required to. We only need to confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him up from the dead, then we are saved! This is the entrance to salvation in Jesus.
This is not to say that we no longer need laws. The law is important and is in place for our protection. However, if we live by the new commandment that Jesus gave in John 15, to love one another, we would automatically keep the law. In loving others and loving God, we always consider others ahead of ourselves and therefore we will not hurt others in any way. The law is not just a list of rules to control people, it is a standard of government to protect people from being hurt by other people.
God’s law of love supersedes everything else. His love works through relationship, and it is God greatest desire to have a Father – child relationship with all His family. He wants to care, provide and love each of us the way we do our families here in our world (but better). If we love our Father the way He desires us to love, we will be more concerned about doing what is helpful in growing the kingdom, not worried about lying, stealing and killing.
Today I want to encourage you to speak the word of faith that is in your heart. Begin by calling on the name of the Lord to be saved. Strengthen and reinforce your love for your Heavenly Father by loving those around you. Follow His example by putting other’s needs above your own. In this way you will never be put to shame (vs. 11).
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 10:1-13