In this week's MR Memoir, Kaitlyn Virtue answers the question:
What does it mean to you to be justified by faith alone?
"To me, being justified by faith alone means I am once and for all declared right with God through believing and trusting in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection on my behalf. Nothing I have done, am doing, or will do could determine this free gift I don’t deserve. When Andy talked about faith as a gift and unbelief as a sin in his sermon, it helped me to repent of the idea that it’s all up to me to believe what Jesus did was for me. I can be praying for more faith to believe my beliefs about him and turn away from believing the untrue things I’ve clung to. The people God has placed around me often are encouragements in this battle.
When the Westminster Catechism says: "...receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God,” it helped me to remember that I can receive this gift from a good Father that loves me and rest in his grace even when I have doubts or when I sin. It also matters that Jesus died and rose and I daily attempt to ground myself here in this fact. When I feel weary and my thoughts are telling me something other than the truth, I can know the Holy Spirit is working in me, to help me live out of the truth step by step."