Romans 5:8 God’s Demonstration Of True Love

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

According to the world, true love shows what is in it for self. People ask what they can get out of love for themselves, rather than what they can give to others. Even in the process of giving to others, it is often to gain some recognition or power for self.

The world recognizes that the best love is when one person sacrifices himself to save or help another person. This can be seen among the military and emergency personnel.

Paul tells the people that God demonstrated His love for everyone by having Jesus die for them, while they were still sinners.

It is common for many people to feel as if they need to clean up their life and be holy in order for them to come to believe in Jesus or approach God at all. Many people will not even give God a chance, because they know that they are a sinful person, who cannot really change.

God has a love that is perfect and is willing to go above and beyond the ways of this world. Instead of waiting for people to change themselves, God shows His love by dying for the people, while they are still against Him.

All a person must do is repent of his sins and believe in what Jesus did for him. Once this is done, God can then work on him to change him into the person God wants him to be. He can work on removing sinful habits and making him holy and righteous in Christ Jesus.

The first step in all of this amazing process was taken by God. He chose to show His perfect love first and all people need to do is accept it and then work on being changed.

God loves you. He loves you so much that He was willing to have Jesus die for you, while you were still against Him.

Take a moment to recognize how much God loves you to die for you while you hated Him. Give your life to God, by repenting of your sins and having faith in what Jesus did for you.

Do not reject God’s great love for you. He is willing to give you life, abundant life, if you just trust in Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the love God has for you; that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will have faith in Jesus; and that you will allow God to change your life.

Romans 3:23 Everyone Has Failed

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23

The majority of people, all over the world, feel that overall they are a good person. Most often this is because they have not done anything extremely bad against the law or others.

People can come up with a list of things that they have done well and a longer list of things that they have never done making them look good. No one wants to be known as having failed or is failing in any area of their life. They only want the good to be seen and recognized.

Paul points out that there is no difference between the Jew and the gentile, because every one has sinned and has fallen short of the glory of God.

Since God had created the earth, everything in it and every one on it, He can make the rules as to what people can and cannot do. Along with making those rules, He can also set what the consequences are for breaking those rules.

The breaking of the rules is what the bible calls–sin. Every person on this earth has sinned at least once against God, regardless of how good one is. Very few people could ever say that they have never told a lie, or never cursed someone, or coveted something someone else had. These are just a few of the most common sins.

At the moment of committing a sin, one has fallen away from the glory of God and has a death sentence upon his head as a consequence for that sin. It has nothing to do with how good a person is or what he good he has done, he sinned.

In His great love and mercy, God sent Jesus to die on the cross for each and every person who has sinned. All a person needs to do is repent of those sins and believe in Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life.

Just as everyone else has sinned you have sinned against God in your life. Because of those sins, you have a death sentence. If you have not already done so, take a moment right now to repent of those sins. That means be sorry for them and turn away from them.

Accept the forgiveness and life that Jesus offers. He is willing and able to forgive you, when you repent.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins before God; that you will turn away from all sins towards God; and that you will believe in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation.

Acts 13:15 Be Willing To Speak A Good Word

After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” Acts 13:15

Everyday there are thousands of things being said that people are hearing. It can be heard in reading, listening to the radio news, watching the television news, or hearing it online. Most of what is being heard is not that good of information or news.

Instead of hearing news and information that lifts people up, it is often depressing and crushing. What is going wrong is what is often talked about.

While sitting in a synagogue on the Sabbath, Paul heard the reading of the scriptures. Afterwards the leaders asked if anyone had a word of encouragement to speak. Paul spoke up talking about the history of Israel and about Jesus, both bad and great news.

It is very easy for people to talk about what is going wrong in their own lives or in the world around them. Negative things are often on the forefront of people’s minds, because it is painful and depressing.

Christians have it no differently. They not only have the same problems most unbelievers have, they also can see the sin in the world around them.

Unlike the world, though, believers have a hope that is a word of encouragement. Despite the sin and problems in this world, there is life to be held onto that is worth far more than anything this world can offer. It is a life that will last for eternity. It is a life of peace in the mind and soul that God is in control and with the believer.

The world needs to hear this message of encouragement. Other believers need to hear this message of encouragement.

Going through your days, you will have opportunities to speak up and give a word of encouragement. This could be done at work, in a store, in your neighborhood, or any other place.

It could be letting a person know that sin can be overcome with the power of Christ in his life. It could be letting a fellow believer know that he will win with Christ in the end. It could be letting a non-believer know that there is forgiveness and life being offered.

When someone is talking to you, take the opportunity to give them a word of encouragement about God’s word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word to you; that you will speak God’s word to other people; and that you will know and share the hope you have in Jesus.

John 13:12 What He Has Done For You

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. John 13:12

Understanding what other people are doing is something that does not commonly occur. Among people, misunderstanding happens more often than understanding.

All a person can see is the outward action, but are unable to see the true motive for the action. The actions are often misconstrued for the wrong reasons. Many will even take offense to actions done with the right heart or purpose.

While sitting and eating His last meal with the disciples, Jesus began to wash their feet. As He finished washing their feet, He asked them if they understood what He did for them.

During the biblical times people wore sandals and walked everywhere. Their feet would get extremely dirty. When they went into someone’s place, they would often be given some water to wash their feet. Each person would wash his own feet.

Instead of allowing the disciples to wash their own feet, Jesus washed their feet Himself. Not only had Jesus washed their feet, He also later paid for their sins, forgave them of their sins, did many healings, and gave each one life.

All these things were done for them and as an example to them. Believers are to put others before themselves. They are to humble themselves and serve others as they serve God, just as Jesus continues to serve.

This serving can come in washing feet, forgiving, giving a helping hand, teaching and many other ways. It is about loving the neighbor and the enemy as God loves them.

It will be a struggle for any believer to do any of these things, until he comes to a good understanding of what Jesus has done for him.

In the same way Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He also has washed you clean of your sins. This was done in humility when He was dying upon the cross, cursed of His Father in heaven.

You are expected to be just like Jesus, humbling yourself to serve others as you serve God. Doing things for others is the same as doing it for God, but it takes putting others before yourself.

It takes understanding what He has done for you to do it for others.

Do you understand what He has done for you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will understand what Jesus as done for you; that you will humble yourself to serve others as Jesus has served you; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will have God’s love for others.

Luke 1:30 You Have Found Favor

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30

People love to have favor with famous or people in high positions. In their minds it gives them a special status or position.

In the workplaces, many desire that favor so that they can get higher positions or higher pay. Others desire that favor to keep them out of trouble or to allow them to get by with things that they should not do. Some will go to great lengths to gain some favor, including trying to bribe to get it.

An angel came to Mary with a message from God. As Mary was scared of what was happening, the Angel said that she had found favor with God.

It is common for people to think that Mary was someone special to get God’s favor upon her. However, she was a human being with sins, just like every one else is. The difference is with the heart. Mary was willing to follow and obey God, no matter how crazy it appeared to be.

Every person has a chance to be favored by God. People live in sin, but God sent His Son to die for them and save them. Although every one deserves extreme eternal punishment, God is willing to give them favor and remove those sins. He is willing to send His Holy Spirit to live in each person to lead and guide the person, and give him strength to do what needs to be done.

This is greater favor than any person on this earth can give any other person. It is a favor that brings life, and not just life, but eternal life.

No one has to fear God, if he is willing to repent and follow Jesus. Jesus has brought people God’s favor.

You may wonder if God even knows who you are. He does and He has given you great favor. Instead of punishing you for your sins and crushing you, He is willing to forgive you and build you up.

God may not call you to carry His Son, but He has a work for you to do for Him. He has a special assignment just for you that no one else can do. That is His great favor.

Do not be afraid of God, but embrace Him and what He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s favor towards you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know what God wants you to do; and that you will serve God with all of your life.