Daily Archives: October 6, 2019
Join us in October as we do a 31-day theme study in God’s promises from the Bible. Shannon from the Sweet Blessings blog put this reading plan together. Check it out HERE.
You can join us in this 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. Feel free to share your SOAP in the comments too! 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 are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (Context vs. 11-21)
The Ministry of Reconciliation
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
New Life | Marianne Toovey
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
When we choose to follow God, we are made new. A new life has begun. He brought us back to Him, so now we’re charged with bringing others to Him, too.
Being born into a Christian home and never knowing a life without Jesus, this promise doesn’t feel as special to me at first glance. I don’t really have an “old life” to be rid of. But choosing God is a moment by moment act. Sometimes I choose wisely, and sometimes I don’t. It’s nice to know I can come back to God after trying my own way for a while, and know He’s not going to hold past mistakes against me. It’s not a free license to do whatever I want. If my heart’s not right, I haven’t really chosen God, have I? But I’m not perfect and God says that’s ok. I don’t need to be because He is, and that’s enough.
Lord, I’m sorry for all the times I don’t choose You. Make me aware of those times so I’m better equipped to make good choices. Thank You for new mercies every day and for welcoming me with open arms no matter what! I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.