For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Because of the actions of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden sin entered the world and separated us from God. But God loved us so much He made a way for us to be saved. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to this world to seek and to save the lost, to offer us the free gift of salvation. He rescued us from a life of sin, from the guilt of sin and from the power of sin when He paid the ultimate price on Calvary. He did this so our relationship with God could be restored. So then, what shall we do to receive this gift? Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:28) As followers of Christ, it’s our duty to share this Good News with the world while there is still time.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in mercy.
Where would we be if not for God’s grace, compassion, patience and mercy? We serve a mighty God who can do anything and although we don’t deserve any of His compassion and goodness, He still loves us. He loves us so much and is so merciful that He sent His only Son to come into the world to redeem sinners by dying on the cross and paying the ultimate price for our sin. God loves us so much He made a way for us to be saved so we can spend eternity with Him. Proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness; let us praise His name together! (Psalm 34:3) How great is our God!
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We were all born into a world of sin and at the end of a life of sin is eternal damnation; but because Jesus gave His life to pay for our sins we have been offered the gift of salvation and eternal life in heaven. God loves us so much that He gave His only Son so that we could be saved. Even though the road may be narrow and often times difficult, we can be sure that at the end we will have a blessed everlasting life with the Lord. He died for us and so now we should live our lives for Him. How do we live for Jesus? Jesus said, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30).
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
Intercession is prayer said on behalf of and for other people. Not only are we able to come before God for ourselves but we’re able to pray for God’s blessings upon our family and friends. We can pray for their needs, their health and most importantly, we can pray for their salvation. God wants all people to be saved so we should be praying for everyone we know and even those we don’t know. I can only imagine how many people have been saved and have come to know God because someone was praying for them. When we pray for others God’s love works through us. The greatest gift you can give someone is to pray for them. Nothing proves you love someone more than mentioning them in your prayers.
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
The dictionary describes mercy as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone to whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. We are all born sinners with sinful, selfish natures because of the sin that entered the world through Adam and Eve. We deserve the condemnation that came as a result of sin, which is death. But, because of God’s tender mercy, He sent His only Son to pay the price of sin so that we could be saved and made righteous. Instead of punishment, His merciful, free gift of salvation brings forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ our Savior.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Salvation is a gift graciously given from God because of His great and eternal love for us. You cannot buy it, earn it, work for it or get it based on your own abilities. It is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God and it is a gift you can only receive by faith. Through God’s plan and His covenant of grace, Jesus paid for this gift when He died on the cross for our sins. As believers, everything we have, everything we are and everything we do is all because of God’s saving, forgiving and redeeming grace that blesses us all.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The star was shining brightly in the City of David on the night the Savior was born. God sent his only Son to offer the grace of the gospel, eternal life and salvation, that the world through Him might be saved. The birth of Christ, the Messiah, was proclaimed by angels to the shepherds who went to Bethlehem and found Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus lying in the manger. This Christmas Eve reflect on and share what it means to you to have been given the greatest gift ever, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Live a life of love by following the example of Jesus Christ. He loved us so much He gave all He had so we could be saved. Be imitators of Christ and let everything you do come from a place of love. To walk in love is not just to talk about it but to actually apply it to your daily life. We can never love as much as God loves us but we can try our best to be patient, kind and selfless. We can give our time and be of service to others for the glory of God. As we walk through our days in love, may our continued praises and thanksgiving be an offering and a sweet aroma to the Lord.
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Jesus came to save the world at the right time, a time that was preordained by God. When Jesus was in the garden at Gethsemane and cried out to God the Father and when He was on the cross crying out, God heard Him and answered His prayers. God’s will was done and on the third day Jesus was delivered from death and rose from the grave. God sent His only Son to pay the price for ours sins and to make a way for us to be saved. From that day to the second coming of Christ is the time for salvation. That means we are currently living in the day of salvation. NOW is the right time to give your life to God, now is the right time to heed His call, today is the right time to be saved. Jesus is coming soon. Don’t put off your salvation until it’s too late.
Arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
Rise and let God’s grace lift you up from whatever darkness is holding you down. Jesus is the light of the world and He came to save the lost and offer you hope and a future. Surrender your heart to God so He may pour His favor out on you. Shine so others may see God through you by honoring Him not only with your words but by the way you live your life. Give God the glory and He will give you the victory.