II Cor. 5:18-19
Thursday, August 08, 2013
A Devotional from Walking through the Bible One Day Devotional by Stockstill
II Cor. 5:18-19 Because we have been reconciled (God brings us back to himself), we have the privilege of encouraging others to do the same.
Christians everywhere are subject to misunderstanding, ridicule, and even harassment by unbelieving friends, employers, and family members. None of us are exempt from pain, catastrophe, illness and death, or trials like persecution. These things cause us to lean heavily on God's grace. The theme of the letter in I Peter is hope. Our security and salvation rest in the free and merciful choice of almighty God. No trials or persecutions can take away the eternal life he gives to those who believe in him.
*The God of Israel and of the Christian Church is holy
*Unlike the Roman gods, warklike, adulterous spiteful
*Unlike the gods of pagan cults, blood thirsty and promiscuous
God is a God of mercy and justice. He cares personally for each of us. He expects us to imitate him by following his high moral standards.