Devotions for September 1, 2014

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Romans 5:1-11

1Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.3We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5And 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.

6When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7Now, 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. 8But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10For 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.

11So 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: What is grace to you? Is it something that you earn; can you do things to deserve it? Is it something that you hope God has for you when you think He is angry, impatient, or disappointed? Are you continually seeking His acceptance? What do you need to do to be confident that God’s love isn’t conditional upon our behavior?

Q: When you hear grace described as an undeserved privilege, does that stir your soul? When you realize that the creator of the universe has given you the greatest of gifts, does it make you want to praise Him out of thankfulness? How do you respond to God’s gift of grace in your life?

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