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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, April 15, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
We become Christians through God’s unmerited favor, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part. However, out of gratitude for this free gift, we will seek to help and serve others with kindness, love, and gentleness, and not merely to please ourselves. If God considers us his masterpieces, we dare not treat ourselves or others with disrespect or as inferior work. (NLT)
Ephesians 2:4-10 – But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s special favor that you have ben saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms—all because we are one with Christ Jesus. And so God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of his favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so not of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Rebecca Canfield (Maryland) titled her story “A TREE OF LIFE;” here is a portion of Rebecca’s story:
“. . . When we encounter someone scarred by a traumatic event or weathered by long-term disease or disability, we might make incorrect assumptions based on what we see. But that person has the potential to grow, thrive, bloom, and nurture others. Each person is made in the image of God and is another one of God’s many miracles.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Each person I meet is created in God’s image.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to remember that every person is your child, created in your image. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE I HAVE DISREGARDED
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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