THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
“God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins…We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love….”
1 John 4:9-10, 16 (NLT2)
SIGNS OF LIFE IN CHRIST: I AM RELYING ON GRACE
Galileo was one of the world’s greatest leaders in scientific discovery. His revolutionary teachings raised the ire of the cardinals. He was finally summoned to appear before the Inquisition. There he confessed his error in having taught his new theories, especially that which related to the earth revolving round the sun, but as he walked away he is said to have muttered defiantly—Tut it moves, just the same.’ True—the Divine laws abide. God’s will directs God’s laws, and God’s Word enshrines them. Human prejudice may war against God’s laws but it cannot change them. Then let us cleave to the Lord Who changes not and to the Word of His grace.—Indian Christian
God’s character and promises never change. And in 1 John the Christian can find comfort in relying on God’s unchanging promise of grace for salvation. John writes, “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love.” Jesus left heaven and came to our world to die on the cross for our sins. The amazing thing is that Jesus did this for us while we were sinners. We didn’t deserve it and can’t earn it. That’s why it’s called grace.
This year has been unpredictable to say the least. And we’ve been overloaded with unreliable information and unreliable people. Hebrews 6 teaches that it’s impossible for God to lie and teaches the reliability of His promises. Take a little extra time today and read Hebrews 6:13-20. Ask God to grow your confidence in Him and His offer of grace.