Tuesday Third Week of Lent

Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart; for I am gracious and merciful.

Joel 2: 12-13

We’re getting it backward if we think God’s blessings flow from our behavior. It’s the other way around. Our behavior is meant to be a response to God’s mercy. Of course our good works matter to God. But they have no power to save us. God cares about our conduct because our conduct reflects the degree to which we understand the depth of His love for us. The gospel says that because of Christ, believers will never pay for a single sin. God has already accepted full payment in the sacrifice of Christ.