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Monday, December 26, 2011

Today's Verse : John 3:17


December 26, 2011

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the
world, but to save the world through him.
-- John 3:17
God is not about condemnation. I know that Satan got the rumor
started a long time ago, but don't believe it. God is not some
fiendish teacher looking to flunk and embarrass his students. He is
not some cantankerous judge looking to shame, humiliate, and punish
all who interlope into his court, innocent or not. He is not some
gossip spreading rumors about our shortcomings across the
neighborhoods of heaven. No, this God wants to bless us with his
salvation. He wants to dispense mercy and grace. He wants us to be
his children. Yet he is also holy, righteous, awesome, and just. So
when these two realities of God collide, there is only one
solution: Jesus! God sent Jesus to save people of all nations and
races and cultures from sin and death -- yes, even us!
I praise you, O God, for your desire to save me. I thank you for
demanding holiness from me to save me from the havoc sin causes in
my life. I thank you for calling me to righteousness, so that my
life will be a blessing to others and not a burden. I thank you for
challenging me to have your character, so that others can see your
glory in my good deeds. So please use me, Father. I know I am
flawed, but I want to be one of your tools letting the lost know
about your mercy and grace in Jesus. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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