Romans 5:6-11 (NIV)

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9 Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.  10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 5:10 (NIV)

10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.

DEVOTION – Shadia Hrichi (California)

Recently, after my five-year-old- niece was told not to swing from the branches of a very small tree, we heard a loud crack as she and the branch fell.  My niece timidly walked to her dad, hanging her head as she pointed to the broken branch.  Her dad, my brother, bent down, spoke something to her, and they hugged.  In no time, she was again laughing and playing.

As God’s child, I can easily picture hanging my head very low when I know I’ve broken one of God’s commands.  But that day, I saw the situation from a different angle.  My niece disobeyed, was powerless to remedy her situation, and was too ashamed to look her father in the eye.  But he reached down to meet her where she was.  Stretching out his hand, he lifted her eyes to meet his so she could see his desire to forgive and restore their relationship.

It’s the same for us.  Covered in sin and shame, we are powerless to reach a holy God.  Our heavenly Father must reach down to us.  So God sent Jesus Christ, who stretched out his hands on the cross, beckoning us to lift our eyes and remember that God desires to forgive and restore us.

LINK2LIFE: To see a photo of Shadia, her brother, and her niece, go to devotional.upperroom.org/blog.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We have a Father in heaven whose greatest desire is reconciliation with us.

PRAYER: Holy God, when we sin, lift our eyes to the cross so that we can embrace your forgiveness and the power to live as your beloved children.  Amen

PRAYER FOCUS: FOR FORGIVENESS

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