15 But there is a great difference between Adam's sin and God's gracious gift.
For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many.
But even greater is God's wonderful grace
and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.
16 And the result of God's gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man's sin.
For Adam's sin led to condemnation,
but God's free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.
17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many.
But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness,
for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
(The New Living Bible)
The first man, Adam, failed to obey God and through him death has been passed on to all of us humans.
When we failed to obey God we lost our righteousness - that is, our right standing with God.
Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and His rising from the dead, it is possible for us to regain our right standing with God - by receiving His righteousness.
Because of the abundance of God's grace towards us, the free gift of righteousness has been made available to us, when we believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Father in heaven,
today I receive Your abundance of grace
and the free gift of righteousness
made available to me through the death and resurrection
of Jesus Christ.
Thank You for loving me so much
that You want to include me in this,
in the name of my Lord, Jesus Christ,
See you tomorrow, God willing,
when you'll find a new thought here to challenge you!
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!