Monday, March 14, 2016

God Commendeth His Love Toward Us

It's been awhile since we've shared a portion from our one year devotional book, Breastplate Gems. So, we thought it was time to share one of the devotionals for March.

One of the powers of having a relationship with God is that our priorities change.  And our focus changes.  Let's start with the verse that brought on today's devotional thought from Breastplate Gems.  Then we'll move on to the reading.

Romans 5:8 (KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

In one of his readings, John Maxwell suggests that a leader needs to take interest in someone before they’ll fully take interest in the leader.  That’s true for everyone.  Think of how often we’ve not paid any attention to someone until they showed an interest in us.  We tend to be inward focused, rather than outward.  That’s not often different in the spiritual sense, either.

Until we have a relationship with God, we’re at the top of our “favorites” list.  And, sometimes, afterward, too.  If we didn’t get some help in that department, we’d never realize the order is wrong. God understands that.  We’re told multiple times in the Bible to love God first, then love others. That’s in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Then there’s Romans 5:8.  God knew we wouldn’t get it right without Him making the first sacrifice.  So, to give us the clarity we need, He sent His Son to be that sacrifice for our sin and sins.

Prayer thoughts for day 7:  We need the kind of clarity and focus to recognize God’s true place in our lives, no matter where we may incorrectly place Him in our order of things.  Jesus died to allow us to choose a relationship with God, instead of having no choice.  We want to ask God to help us to see the reality of that.  If we don’t have that relationship, we need Him to draw us.  And, if we’ve accepted the gift of salvation, we want God’s help to never become familiar with it.

1 comment:

  1. Great thoughts Bill. For the past several weeks I have been reflecting on how God "sent" his Son to die for us. We repeat John 3:16 all the time but we tend (at least I do) think that Jesus initiated him coming to die for our Sins. The father sent or "commendth" his son and his son was obedient. - God made the first move