KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I struggle with this verse. I don't struggle to believe it. It's just that it can be quite overwhelming to comprehend how God could commend His love toward us when we were pretty uncommendable.
Do you find it challenging to come to terms with the size of investment the Lord has made in us all?
Imagine how difficult it must be for the Holy Spirit to bring us to a sense of purity, higher spiritual planes, deeper understandings and loving our enemies.
Many scriptures leave me in awe at God's love and commitment, all written to bring people to repentance and a spiritual relationship. What devotion!
God commended His love—He approved and established it as the right thing to do. Do we commend our love to and for the lost as God did? Do we lay down our lives for others as Christ did for us?
Our beautiful Father, our precious Saviour Jesus Christ and our Holy Guest, the Holy Spirit, are all working to change our hearts to be like theirs. How much easier would it be for them if we resisted less?
Last night I was reading Acts 12 when Peter was in prison, and the angels came to release Him. In Verse 10, the awesomeness of the world we don't know hit me again.
When they (Peter and the angels) were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
Peter had angels escorting him silently in what seemed to be an invisible escape, and a large iron prison gate opened by itself—all to bring about God's will. We've seen those gates in movies; some of us may have seen them in real life. They don't open by themselves.
God has incredible plans for you and me and pours His love into His work. He is full-time leading us to where we are best suited. Wouldn't it be outstanding if we went along peacefully?
Today, as you go about your daily tasks, spend some time in awe at the workings and presence of God in your life and how you could help Him reign more easily.
Dear Lord, I want to express my thanks for all your effort put into my life. I am continually humbled and small when I think about the immense job of changing my heart just to get me this far. Your love is simply breathtaking.
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