Devotions for December 22, 2014

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Romans 5:3-11

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Why is it important that we develop endurance when we experience life’s difficulties and trials?

Q: When you go through hard times, how do you cope? Do you keep sight of God’s love for us, leaning on Him for strength?

Q: God showed his great love for us even while we were still his enemies. How can you extend love to others, particularly to someone you may not have an amicable relationship with?e

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