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That We Might

July 2, 2018

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That We Might

We often do things  and say things  to influence someone.     For instance,  when a friend is mourning,  we give them tender hugs  that we might  let them be comforted.     When a worker does an extra good job,  we give them a bonus  that we might let them know  their efforts are appreciated.     When a child plays unfairly  with other children,  we give him the benefit  of discipline  that we might  lead him  to realize the error  of his ways.     This list could get lengthy.

God also does things  so that we might be  led  to repentance,  faith,  and salvation.     Because of the awful depth  of our sins,  God has had  to show  His almighty love  and power  to save us  from the consequences  of our sins  so that we might come  to know His love  and truly repent  of our sins.     And so,  1 Peter 2:24-25 tells us,

He Himself  bore our sins  in His body  on the cross,  that we might die  to sin  and live  to righteousness; for by His wounds  you were healed.

For you were continually straying  like sheep,  but now you have returned  to the Shepherd and Guardian  of your souls.

Jesus had  a very good reason  for willingly suffering  in utter agony  on that cross.     He wants us  to see the one  and only price  that could possibly pay  for all our sins.     We are the cause  of Jesus’ cruel death.     God wants us  to see that our sins  were all laid  on Jesus  as He suffered and died  so that we might  learn the meaning  of God’s love  for us.

Jesus never once sinned.     He did not deserve  such cruelty.     But,  we do deserve eternal punishment  for all that we have done.     As we see our sins laid  on Jesus — they are all there  without a doubt — we need  to see  and understand  the love of God  for us.     Seeing,  we need  to repent — i.e. “die to sin  and live  for righteousness.”

Jesus did not suffer and die  so we could blithely continue  through this life  in wickedness.     God wants  to see a definite change  in our lives.      In that change,  God wants us  to understand the meaning  of true love  and obedience.     He has shown us  perfect love  in Christ that we might repent  and have changed lives.

What’s the sense  of His suffering and death  for us  if it does not change  our wicked ways?      God proved His absolute  almighty power  for us  in the resurrection.     God put that all  on display  for us  so that we might wake up and realize our need  for heading  in the right direction.     If we are to stay spiritually safe  in this world,  we must stay close  to the Good Shepherd.     If we choose  to stray,  Satan will get us.

We need to ask ourselves,  “Do I see my sins  all laid  on Jesus?     Do I see the consequences  of my sins?     Do I see Jesus’  absolute love  for me?”

So,  what am I going  to do about it?

Jesus wants me to “die  to sin  and live  to righteousness”.     That means  to repent — to change my mind  about what I want  in this world  and start living  like a child  of the King  for the love  of God.     Jesus wants me  to remember His wounds  for me.     As I remember — really remember  and see  that they are there  because of me — I will be healed  in my heart  and soul.

Seeing Jesus’ love — confessing our sins and repenting — and accepting the free gift  of forgiveness  and eternal salvation,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have done all things  for us  that we might die  to sin  and live  to righteousness’ .      Always keep us close  to Your side  with eyes wide open,  that we might truly live.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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