John 3:16-17 (NRSV)

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.   

Romans 6:23 (NRSV)

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.   

DEVOTION -Roza Tyu (Moscow, Russia)

In Mesto Vstrechi(the Russian edition of The Upper Room), I met a sister from New Mexico (Oct. 4, 2012) who encouraged us to pray for “complacent church members.”  I began to think about each of our church members and tried to sort out the complacent ones.  For  some reason, I could think of no one.  But surely there must be someone?  I though.  Again I considered everyone in my church, and since I could think of no one else. I decided that I must be the guilty one.

The feeling of guilty is a continual struggle for me – to accuse myself of everything bad.  I could not escape from this habit even when I discovered salvation in the Lord.  I know that the Lord died a painful death to save people from the burden of guilt and sin.  But still I struggled with self-accusation.

Probably others have the same problem.  But each of us can receive freedom from guilt when we are able to fully accept and believe the word of the Lord.  I am grateful to this sister from New Mexico and to the staff of Mesto Vstrechi.  They have helped me today to hear the Lord bless me with words that give me peace and make me feel grateful:  “I love you so much that I have sent my son to take away your sins and guilt.”  (see John 3:16.)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Christ offers forgiveness.  Do I accept it?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to trust your promises so that we might feel the fullness of your joy.  Amen,

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WEIGHED DOWN BY GUILT

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