"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins…." 1 John 4:10
CONSIDER THIS: Propitiation is one BIG word! Also, it is one of the biggest original words in the Bible which is found nowhere else except to refer to this – the satisfactory self-sacrifice of our Loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In fact, the condition of man was so bad, God the Father had to send God the Son to be the only perfect and acceptable payment for our sins – past, present and future – because that was the only satisfactory way for mankind to reconcile with Him.
ACTION: What are we willing to sacrifice to fulfill our end of this amazing compact/covenant/contract with Holy God? Whatever it is today, it MUST cost us something….because it cost Him EVERYTHING! Our self-check today is to examine the strength of our commitment to walk in the manner worthy of our calling as Christians. If there is something lacking here, let us then resolve to move to repentance and recommitment.
Lord, we are sinners who do not deserve Your Grace. Nothing which we can do, in our vile nature, nothing we can sacrifice come close to being acceptable to redeem us before Your Holy and Majestic Throne. How can the imperfect approach the Perfect. It was only when the Lord Jesus, the Ancient of Days, Who did not consider equality with You a thing to be held on to, stepped of His eternal Throne in Heaven, and willingly gave His Life on the Cross of Calvary as the payment for all sin, past, present and future, that You were satisfied with a Sacrifice for Sin. In this respect, we are to not just honor Christ’s willingly giving the human side of His Life but Your, oh Most High God, willingness to accept it, according to Your pre-ordained plan in Heaven. Thank You, Almighty God. Because of this, we can spend eternity in Your Presence, if Jesus is our Lord and Savior and the One Who stands before You as our daily Advocate, in His Name, amen and amen.