May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
The cross enables us to die to sins and live for righteousness.
Righteousness means love
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
We can love because God loved us and saved us through the cross.