If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.
This passage emphasizes the importance of both belief and confession in our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not enough to simply believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, we must also declare it with our mouths. And it is not enough to simply profess our faith, we must also truly believe it in our hearts.
So how do we apply this passage to our lives? First, we must examine our hearts and ask ourselves if we truly believe that Jesus is Lord. Do we believe that He died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead? Do we believe that He is the only way to salvation?
If we do believe these things, we must then declare it with our mouths. We can do this by sharing our faith with others, by confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness, and by worshiping and praising God in both private and public settings.
But we must also remember that it is not just about confessing our faith outwardly, but truly believing it in our hearts. We must allow our faith to transform us from the inside out, shaping our thoughts, actions, and attitudes.
May we never forget the importance of both belief and confession in our relationship with Jesus Christ. May we believe in our hearts that He is Lord and Savior, and may we boldly declare it with our mouths. And may our faith be evident not just in our words, but in our daily lives as well. For it is through faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved and justified before God.