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6/21/18
The devotion for today is based on Acts 10:43, “To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."
I love this verse, for it tells a truth that is meant to comfort all who recognize their inability to please God in this life. Jesus is our salvation. He alone makes us right with God so that on Judgment Day we can be declared innocent.
Unfortunately, there are many Christians who, while believing that Jesus’ gift of forgiveness is theirs through grace alone, still believe that they must focus on obedience to God to please him. They must do this to be “real” Christians.
Paul writes that this way of thinking is wrong and will only lead to despair. Abraham was not declared righteous because of his deeds. He was declared righteous because of his hope in God’s promises. We like Abraham are also declared righteous because of our hope/faith in God’s promises. All praise to God, for his wonderful free gift of forgiveness to us.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: I thank you, dear Lord Jesus, that my acceptance by you does not depend on my righteousness but your righteousness. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

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