Scripture to Memorize: Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Day 1 Read: Romans 5:1-2
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Reflect: How do we become righteous before God? What is the result of standing righteous before Him?
Consider: The “therefore” with which chap. 5 begins connects it to what Paul had written in the previous verses. In fact, “since we have been justified through faith” (v. 1) summarizes the entire argument of chaps. 1–4. Those who have placed their trust in Christ can rest assured that their faith has been credited to them as righteousness (Rom 4:24). Their confidence is based on the fact that Christ was put to death for their sins and raised again that they might be declared just (Rom 4:25).
Respond: How does this understanding of righteousness differ from the world’s view on righteousness? In what way does it differ from what you learned previously in church, if at all? What can you relinquish your grip on with the full knowledge that your righteousness is not dependent on anything you do?
 Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 132–133.