Be Justified by Grace
Everyone has a burden of sin but there is great hope. In Greek, the words for righteousness and justified are closely related. To be justified is to be declared right. It is a gift, by grace. This is the opposite of works. We have offended God and yet He is the one who gives this gift. It is undeserved. How can a God who is just not punish sin? It is possible because a price has been paid. God can now only act in a justifying way to those for whom Christ has died. There is no more to be paid.