Let us not mistake Jesus’ love for us. Through Adam, we all have sinned, but through Christ, who died on the cross for us, we are all alive. He died for us while we were still sinners and His sacrifice glorified His love.
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Would we die for a friend? Even more so, would we die for a friend who had done us wrong? Our friend may have hurt us in word and in deed, may have besmirched our name, or may have hated us. Jesus calls us friends, and He died for us while we were yet doing wrong to Him.
How great is God’s love for us that He would consider us friends and want to give up His Son so that sin would not claim our lives to the fiery depths of hell. As great as the tallest mountain is, so is God’s love for us.
How great is Jesus’s love for us that He would endure the stripes of affliction, the heated words of His persecutors and the suffering of the cross so that we would have salvation. As wide as the universe is, so is Jesus’ love for us.
Believe Jesus is the Son of God and have salvation. Through Christ’s sacrifice, God has forgiven us, imparted into us eternal life through the Holy Spirit and saved us from the penalty of sin, which is death. Our hope is in Jesus.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We have reason to celebrate the wonderful, free gift God has given us. We no longer bear the burden of guilt brought upon us by our sins. We are no longer bondservants to iniquity. God has redeemed us through Christ’s death and resurrection.
We have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. He is our salvation. He is the only person through whom we can come to the Father. By no other name do we have life eternal. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Believe Jesus is the Son of God and God will save you from the wages of sin. He will give you the free gift of life, filled with hope, brimful and running over. Blessed we then will be, for ours will be the kingdom of heaven.
The gift of God is life.
Should others bring shame upon your name, even though you have committed no wrong, forgive them. For as God has forgiven us, we ought to forgive others. Should others mistreat you and gossip about you, forgive them. God forgave you.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
Should others bring charges against you, saying evil things about you and spreading lies to cause you harm, be ready to declare the hope that lives within you. Proclaim Jesus and forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
Should someone hurt you in anger, giving the devil a door to work through, fear not! God will keep you and comfort you in your time of need. He will never let you go, for He has forgiven you your sins, as you should so do to them who sin against you.
Should you feel anger against another, wanting to take vengeance for a wrong done to you, repent and forgive them. God knows you and loves you and has forgiven you. Justice is His. Forgive as God forgives.
Pray to God our Father, who has given us salvation through His Son Jesus. Bless the Lord, for He is good. Come before God with a humble heart. He will answer prayer and give relief to those who believe His Word.
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
As many a trial we endure, God will not leave us to languish by our own devices. He will provide His Spirit, and by His joyful heart, we will find rescue. For our prayers are as sweet incense to Him. No one can remove us from the presence of our Lord.
Though our enemies may surround us, God will raise legions of angels to protect us. The bulwarks He lifts as a boundary against evil will thwart all those who dare render His Word void. Our fervent prayer in the midst of darkness will be as a light to the unrighteous.
May God have mercy on the souls of the wicked, for His judgments are right and just. Our supplications will rise to Him who sits on His throne in heaven. Forevermore will be His gift of grace on us who believe.
God answers prayer.
Only God could have given us the truth of His mercy, sacrificing His Son Jesus so that we could live. His grace on us is from everlasting to everlasting. His love for us will never abate. Praise Him in all our dwellings. Praise Him forevermore.
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Our joy comes from knowing God has redeemed us from sin. No longer is the penalty of iniquity over our heads. He has foreknown us, given us mercy, and we will forever dwell in His house. How great is God to have blessed us with His love.
Let the whole earth praise God. Let everything that has breath praise His name. His love for us will never fail. His joy will always fill our heart. Wonderful is He who has blessed us with knowing His salvation. Praise and bless the Lord, for He is good.
Praise God with outstretched hands to the heavens. Praise Him with song and dance. Praise Him by doing good to all, loving others as He has loved us. Let us praise Him with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind. Praise the Lord!
During times of trial, our comfort comes from knowing we have God by our side, who loves us, and has given His Son Jesus to pay for the penalty of our sins. How difficult would it be then to love our neighbors as much as God so loved us?
“For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Our desire should be to comfort our neighbor as God comforts us. For God has not held anything back from us, so why should we hold anything back from our neighbor? Give freely to those in need, comfort them and love them with your whole heart.
Bless your neighbor as yourself. Show them mercy as God has shown us mercy. If they are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them drink. If they are cold, embrace them with all that God has given us.
No manner of affliction ought to prevent us from doing good to others. Through trial, God lives in us to bless those who need light in the midst of darkness. Let your light shine. Bless the weary in deed by extending your hands to them. Love your neighbor.
Through our many trials and tribulations, God is there, and He will rescue us. He will not abandon His people. He will cover us with His hand and lead us to safety. His protection will be on those who love Him.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
As these days turn dark and our vision diminishes, let us remember the Lord, for He is good. He will not let us suffer more than we can bear. This life is but a vapor and our true reward is in the salvation the Lord promised through His son Christ Jesus.
Let us be glad and cheerful knowing God has a place prepared for us. Our comfort is in His Word. His Word is a light unto our feet, a provision for our mind and a treasure for our heart. He clothes us in security and provides us with what we need. He will give us the strength to overcome our fears.
We will count on the Lord’s wisdom as a standard against plague. His mercy will not fail us. His power will penetrate the very marrow of our being, providing us the encouragement we so truly seek.
In all things, fear not, for God will rescue us.