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Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:10 KJV
God loves us more than we can possibly imagine. Our Heavenly Father loves Jesus, yet wants to save us so much that He offered His own son’s life as a sacrifice to cover our sins.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins on the world.
The refrigerator in our new house broke after a day’s use. We had to buy a new one.
When our old ways and thoughts no longer serve us, we can “buy” new ones by being transformed by the renewing of our minds. Instead of hanging onto our old thoughts, we can swap them out for new ones. Just like we wouldn’t keep an old refrigerator that didn’t work, we can let go of those thoughts and worries that are broken. God can make all things new. Amen.
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. – Galatians 5:25-26 NIV
I spend too much time thinking about the past, rehashing old stories, betrayals, and resentments. That negative voice in my head is not the Holy Spirit speaking to me. The devil wants us to get sidetracked so that we forget that Christ saved us and that the race has already been won. The hard part is over. Jesus is on our side!
The Lord doesn’t want us to envy others or even waste time comparing ourselves to them. We are one of a kind, and God wants us to follow His law because we love Him, not because we want Him to give us money, acclaim, or success. Christ became nothing for us. We can understand humility by remembering what He sacrificed for us.
Keeping in step with the Spirit allows us to hear the words of our best friend at all times. He comforts us during hard times and rejoices when we finally get what God tries to tell us. He’s cheering us on. There’s no reason to be sad when we have Christ on our side. Amen.
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14
It’s hard to imagine that Jesus, being divine, came down to earth to die for our sins. Why did He have to die? Wasn’t there any other way to atone for our sins that would be less painful for our creator to bear?
He died because He loves us more than life itself. He risked His immortality. The stakes were high. Jesus loves us more than we can even comprehend.
When our thoughts turn to worries of the world, we can easily forget that we have a creator of the universe on our side. Nothing is too hard for God. Amen.
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” – Joshua 1:5
Sometimes I feel like I am alone in my struggles. My mind races when I go to bed at night. I am always rehashing the stressors of the day, and the things on my to-do list that I didn’t get to.
God says He will never leave us. That means we are not alone. We struggle, but He knows what that feels like, too. He struggled even more and died for us. It is a gift. We should learn to relax into His presence and thank Him for loving us so much that He sent His son to die for us.
Not every god would do that. Our God loves us and saved us.