Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 22, 2012

The Gift of Choice

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Galatians 1:4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus gave Himself for us. No one else gave Him. He chose to give Himself for us. He did this both for love for us and to be in the will of His Father. He was not forced to do this. Because He gave Himself for us we no longer need to pay for our own sins, our own choice of separation from God. When we receive the gift of Jesus and we confess our sins God forgives us and no longer holds us accountable for them. Because of Jesus there is no end to God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness brings us back into fellowship with Him but it doesn’t remove the consequences on this earth from our sins. We still must walk out the worldly consequences of our choices. God has given us directions for our walk on this earth in His written Word, the Holy Bible. When we follow it we find our walk with God less interrupted by sin. Our question is will we choose to walk according to God’s instructions?

July 9, 2012

Keeping Score

1Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. . It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. . Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Love keeps no account of wrongs. We are so good at keeping account. We use it as ammunition when we are arguing. . We keep score. We want to be sure we hurt back the one who hurts us. God does not keep account of wrongs or sins after we confess. When He forgives He strikes it from His book. He never brings it up to us again. He says it is as far as the east is from the west. The sins we do against God are much worse than anything that can be done against us. When we pray the prayer Jesus taught, the prayer we call “The Lord’s Prayer,” we as God to forgive us foin the same manner we forgive others. Our question is do we want God to keep score on us in the same way we keep score on others? Once again, as with all the aspects of love, the choice is ours to make.

May 29, 2012

Moving On

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:16 am
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Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I prayed, “Lord, I did it again. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.” He responded in that quiet, inner voice, “Did what again. When I forgive I forget. Your slate is washed clean in the blood of My Son.” We have the capacity to remember our sins and we tend to beat ourselves up over them. This is especially true if we have a problem in a specific area that we keep repeating. Beating ourselves up over it, continuing to remember it and hold it against ourselves tends to keep it in our mind and make it more of a possibility or probability of repeating it. We need to join Paul in “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (from Philippians 3:13). This is not because of our worthiness but because of the worthiness of Jesus Christ. When we keep looking back at what we’ve done (good or bad) we can’t look to the present. We are living in the past. The question is are we willing to forget the past and move on, trusting God through His Holy Spirit to work within us in Him and His love and power? Where we put our mind is our choice. We can choose to keep looking back or we can choose to look where God has us in the present and move on with Him.

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