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Category: Faith

My wife and I used to have two cats. They weren’t exactly lap cats. In fact, they didn’t even want to be near anyone’s lap. They were pretty independent. Every once in a while they would come by for an ear scratching or to let you know that they were hungry.
The Greek word translated as “freely” above is “dōreán”. It literally means “without cause”. Romans 3:24 is telling us that we were justified (declared to righteous) without any particular cause in ourselves. In other words, we didn’t do anything to merit our justification (our right standing before God).