We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Jacob Reed.
“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.”
1 Corinthians 15:56
What do you think about YOUR sins? How often do remember the times you broke God’s commandments and laws?
My daughter, when she makes a mistake, like accidentally spilling something on the carpet, has a saying that breaks my heart: “ I’m the worst!” Usually said multiple times through tears. When I hear her say that, I get a little angry inside, not at her, but because of the all-out falseness of her words. I then try to talk her out of that mindset, assuring her that she is still loved and she is more important than the carpet. It takes a while to help her realize it really is okay.
Often, when we sin and fall short of the perfect standard of God, we feel separated from Him. Do you ever feel the need to make everything better BEFORE you go to Him? Sometimes this is natural, we want to fix and deal with the guilt and consequences in our own power to satisfy God.
This is the way the old law worked. People would bring sacrifices to atone for their sin, have peace, and be in a right relationship with God. What has changed? God made the final sacrifice and now waits with open arms for us to just come to Him. No matter what the sin is, this is His posture. This is His offer of true freedom from all the religious laws you’ve ever heard and tried to follow.
“Sin is the sting that leads to death.” If I live in guilt and hide my sins from God, sin has power over me that will leave me trapped. The law gives sin its power, Jesus’ forgiveness takes that power away.
So now we don’t have to look inward and say ”I’m the worst.” We can live in true freedom and love knowing God wants us to forget about the mess on the carpet, rest in His arms, and know we are loved. That’s the POWER of God.
God give me freedom from sin. Thank you that I am no longer a slave to sin, I am your child. Let me feel the power of your love and share that same acceptance with those around me. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Read this chapter starting with verse 55 “ O death where is your victory?” And read Romans chapter 8 which explains HOW we have been set free from sin and the law.
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