August 9 Grace and Peace

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:11–14

Key Verse: Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Once we enter into a relationship with Christ, confessing Him as our Lord and Savior, we are redeemed. The guilt that shadowed our past vanishes in the light of God’s deep forgiveness. While God views us as His sons and daughters, righteous in His sight, we still stumble. Feelings of guilt can rush over us, whispering that we are unworthy in the eyes of our heavenly Father and robbing us of our peace.

When those thoughts enter our minds, we must put them aside and remember what God has proclaimed over us: we are righteous. But we still must confess those sins to the Lord in order to restore our relationship with Him.

Paul writes, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.… For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:12, 14). Living under grace does not mean we have a free pass to sin; rather, it means when we do stumble, God graciously extends a hand of mercy to us when we go before Him and repent. We can never do anything to earn God’s grace and forgiveness in our lives. No matter what we do, it’s only by His grace that we are righteous. It’s only by His grace that our guilt is washed away.

I can do nothing to earn Your grace, dear Lord. It is a gift, and I praise You for it. Your forgiveness covers all my failings.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 232). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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