Romans 4 : Forgiveness of God is a gift. It can not be earned.


Our life is comforted by the inherent trust. We trust our family, friends, and relatives. We trust the social system. We even unknowingly trust the pilot though we do not know much about them when we board the flight. We have an assurance the pilot will take us to the destination safely. If we doubt all corners of life, then our relationship with fellow mankind raptures and distress sets on our life. It leads to loneliness and self-isolation. Our relationship with God does not differ from the relationship we have with a fellow human. It is driven by trust. God wants us to put our trust in the foundation of love and the sacrifice He made through His son Jesus. God loved us first and sacrificed His own son Jesus to forgive our past mistakes and make us justified as we have seen in Romans chapter 3. God need not sacrifice His own son to redeem us. But He did out of immense love and to make us right with Him. 

Abraham was the forefather of all the Jews. When Paul wrote the letter to Romans, he wanted to highlight God forgave all the past mistakes of Abraham because he trusted in God. 

Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. v3 NLT

The book of Romans repeatedly highlights that forgiveness of God can not be earned by doing good deeds, but can be only received as a gift from God by believing what Christ has done for us. This can happen in our life too. No amount of charity or good works can cover the past mistakes we have done in our life. We are forgiven only through the precious sacrifice Jesus offered by laying down His own life.

People are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. v5 NLT

Though Abraham was much older and beyond the child-bearing age, he and His wife Sarah trusted in God’s promise. God said, “I have made you the father of many nations.” Abraham in his lifetime did not see this promise getting fulfilled. He did not even have a single child when God gave this promise. But He still trusted in God when He did not even have one child and His wife was barren.

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations.

Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. v 18, 19 NLT

Abraham came from the Babylonian region of Ur. He trusted in God and left His relatives, old family practices, and culture, which are detestable for God. God forgave Abraham’s past life and made Him righteous based on his trust on God. 

God has given the covenants and laws to Jewish people, so that their mind will be focused on God himself. But as the generation passed the Jewish laws and tradition became so stereotype. The genuine spirit and the context of the laws left their mind. Their mind was more focused on obeying the laws to the letter than on relationship with God. Paul made several arguments to authenticate no one can receive God’s forgiveness by following the traditions and laws to its letters. We can be made right with God only trusted relationship with Jesus Christ. 

God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.25 He was handed over to die 

Dear friend, we might also be buried in so many traditions of religion. God is expecting a true trust-based relationship with us. He wants us to trust Him. We trust our family, friends, and relatives. Is it too difficult to trust God who created us? Let’s pray to God to give us a heart that trusts Him without any question.

Dear Jesus, help me to trust you. I have put my trust in my job, education, and position. But I am not able to trust you with all my heart. Please help me. I want to believe you and follow you with all my heart. Thank you for forgiving my past. I receive my forgiveness by believing what you have done through your son, Jesus. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.


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