We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Travis Pate.

 

Bible Reading:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-21

Word:

In our lives, we can be thankful for so many things. In Hebrew, the word for “Thanks” is closely related to the word for “Praise.” As I was thinking about this relationship between thanks and praise, I realized that if we give credit to God for the things he has given us, our thanks will rise up in praise to him.
Though we have many things that we can be thankful for, the most important is written in our verses for today. God created us for a relationship with Him. Sin tore that relationship apart. Yet, God loved us so much that He willingly sacrificed His own son so that our relationship with Him might be completely restored. Isn’t that amazing?!
And that’s not all, if we simply believe that God did this for us, we get to experience that relationship with Him for eternity! God doesn’t want us to live a life that is separated from Him, but a life in intimate relationship with Him. And for that we should be eternally grateful!

 

Prayer:

Dear God, thank you for all that you have done for us. Thank you for loving us so much that you sent your son to die for our sins. Help us to understand the depth of your love for us and create a desire for that love in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, amen!

 

 

Skillwork:

Spend some time journaling and listing out your answer to the question, “What things has God done for you that you can thank Him for?”

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