10 But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” 11 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” 12 This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”
13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” 14 Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.
Think: So often when people think about religion, it goes something like this: If you do all of the right things and follow all of the rules then God will bless you and make you “right” with Him.
Paul says in this passage that a relationship with God in Christianity is quite different. He explains that because of our inability to follow the Old Testament Law, we are all under a “curse” (in other words, we're helpless) But Jesus came and took our place (and our curse) so that we could be made “right” with God.
Christianity is not about what you do. Christianity is the news about something that God has done for you.
Spend a few minutes talking to God.
Thank Him for the way that He took your place on the cross.