Thank You, Lord, that You love me like no other.
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“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down–when we die and leave these bodies–we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands … We are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So our aim is to please Him always, … For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies. It is because we know this solemn fear of the Lord that we work so hard to persuade others…” (5:1, 8-11 NLT)
Being human can sometimes be frustrating, Father, especially when “our aim is to please [You] always” (v 9). My intentions, my passion, my focus can be intensely set on You and I can be moving in the direction of Your will, and then some lie, ploy, or subtle attack by the enemy of my soul can work its way into me. There are times, before I’ve even seen it lurking about, that the tangling vines of sin get such a grip on me. Papa! Only YOU by Your grace can free me from its clutches! Every time I cry out to You and You free me from such sin, I am reminded of the price You paid so that I could know that freedom … so that I could know You personally … so that I’d tell others about You.
Make me aware of the lives touching mine who need to hear of this freedom You offer them as well. Help me to see others through Your eyes. Move me to step toward them with Your Message of new and eternal life.
“Whatever we do, it is because Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we have all died to the old life we used to live. He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them … All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to Himself through what Christ did … For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (5:14-15, 18, 21 NLT)
Thank You for offering Your Son in my place, so that You and I, Father, could be reconciled. My sin sent Jesus to the cross. Your love kept Jesus on the cross. May that same love move me daily to carry the Message of the cross to those who need to hear it the most and to those who think they need it the least. Use me as You will, Father, and keep on making me just like Jesus. Amen.