Daily Archives: January 6, 2019
Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
For it is by Grace… | Marianne Toovey
Jesus’ death is what enables me to be in God’s presence. I’m holy and blameless not because of anything I’ve done but because of Jesus. I could never even hope to achieve it on my own.
I like to beat myself up when I catch myself living contrary to Jesus’ example. Of course, righteous indignation is actually a good thing. If I don’t feel badly about what I’ve done, what’s to stop me from doing it again? But sometimes I don’t even allow myself to accept the forgiveness and move on. I stew. I take my salvation upon myself, and if I’m not doing what’s right there’s no way God would let me in. Boy am I thankful that’s not how it really is! I’m not strong enough to break God’s promise to me. I need to lighten up! Jesus has already done the hard part. I just need to believe. And each time I fall short, I can rest in God’s grace knowing all is forgiven.
Thank You, God, that I am not responsible for getting myself into heaven. It’s too much pressure to try to get there on my own, and I would never be able to succeed. I do ask forgiveness, and I pray that I can accept it and move on, so I can live the life of joy and peace You’ve given me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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