If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ (Romans 10:9-11)

Salvation is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that ‘it is by grace, through faith’ we are saved. Salvation is not something that can be earned. As with many gifts, this gift comes with great responsibility. The passage in Romans 10 is a reminder to me that salvation, while a gift, does involve inward belief and outward confession. As a believer, it is not enough to do only one. If I simply profess with my mouth, but do not believe in my heart- my words mean nothing. I must do both. It is my responsibility to do both. As we say every Sunday, 'Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.'

Loving God, Thank you for the gift of salvation. Thank you for sacrificing your son for us. Help us to lead faithful lives in which we boldly speak your truths and our actions reflect what we believe in our hearts. Amen.

Lacey Webster - thoughtful, caring, generous

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