Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Romans 5:12-17

Romans 5:12-17
English Standard Version (ESV)

 God's free gift of grace isn't like the sinful death we chose.  Sin condemned us to die due to our folly, but the gift of life that comes through Christ is so overwhelming, so transformative, that it dwarfs the sinful choice that preceded it.  It would have been easy for God to keep score, to require us to atone for each and every sin -- but instead God chose one act, a selfless gift of love from the only perfect man, and wiped out all of sin with it.  One sin lead to death, and one sacrifice canceled out generations of sin and leads to life.
  You have been extended the peace of Christ, available as a free gift.  Will you choose to embrace the gift, and the giver, and live as though this is the most important thing in the world?  Will you ignore it, wondering what difference it will truly make?  Will you halfheartedly embrace it, keeping it in a confined place and not giving it the air to breathe that will allow it to change you?  Will you keep it as plan B?
  God desires abundance for us all, and in this life we take steps into that rich and marvelous life he has prepared for us.  May we embrace God and give thanks for the sacrifice that makes it all possible.

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