Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt
The fullness of our heart is expressed in our eyes, in our touch, in what we write, in what we say, in the way we walk, the way we receive, the way we need. Mother Teresa
We find in Christ the One who speaks our needs to the Father, the One who pleads our case, the One who intercedes for us. Christ is the sacrifice for our sins, the One with whom we are to become intimately connected, the One we are to reflect in our living. Our actions evidence our heart and define our relationship with Christ.
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
Many translations use the word propitiation in place of atoning sacrifice. It is just another word that describes atonement or forgiveness; it is GRACE! In the Old Testament, the blood of sacrificial lamb is offered for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus has become the sacrificial lamb, the perfect, unblemished lamb. The offering becomes our salvation. Christ is the very essence of amazing grace. Only through Him can we be made righteous.
- In God's Court, Satan is our Accuser, and Jesus is our Defender. What evidence dies Satan have to convict you? Remember - he is seeking the death penalty!
- When you stand before God, what evidence will Jesus have to present on your behalf?
- What will your verdict be? Eternal death or eternal life? What is the cost? Who paid?
Jesus, You are more than an Advocate, You are the Offering. I cannot live the truth of Your righteousness without Your suffering sacrifice. Teach me to become more and more like You. Amen - dho
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