Good News message comes to a focus

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

[Jesus said] “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16

The [Good News message comes to a focus in this verse, above]. God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships—when you love someone dearly, you are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of his Son, the highest price he could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life that he had bought for us. When we share the Good News with others, our love must be like Jesus’—willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s love. (NLT)

John 3:16-21 – [Jesus said] “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.

“There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.”

Love your neighbor as yourself. –Mark 12:31 (NRSV)

William Kline (California) titled his story “A GIFT OF LIFE;” here is a portion of William’s story:

“I recently received what I call a gift of life. I do not yet know where it came from . . . but it has freed me from many impairments, both physical and emotional. It has given me hope and a chance for renewed life.

“What was the gift? An organ donor gave me a kidney that was computer-matched with my own. I am sure such gifts are given every day; but it was a miracle to me, and I am truly grateful for God’s gift.

“I think of another miracle that is the gift of life: ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.’ With this gift of God’s deep love for us we receive freedom from transgressions and the promise of eternal life. We must not pass Calvary and think it’s just a hill. It is the source of our hope and truly a gift of life – both here and for eternity.

“I have been blessed. We have all been blessed by the grace of God.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can be an instrument of God’s provision to others.

Prayer: Our Father, may we always be mindful of the gifts of life you have given us. We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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