IN TOUCH Devotional | 4th January 2023 [ From Condemnation to Reconciliation]
Read and Study Today’s Dr Charles Stanley’s In Touch Daily Devotional for Wednesday 4 January 2023. May the Lord bless you through this powerful and Inspiring Devotional Message
Today’s Topic: From Condemnation to Reconciliation
On the cross, Jesus paid for our wrongs so we can have a relationship with God.
Dr. Charles Stanley Devotional January 4, 2023
SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:6-12
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
In Touch Daily Devotional for 4th January 2023
Separation, rejection, and alienation are unpleasant experiences. We usually try to avoid these at all costs, but in a fallen world, we can’t totally escape them. Isolation from other people is bad enough, but alienation from the Lord is much worse—it’s tragic.
Yet as vital as our relationship with God is to our well-being, something stands in its way. In our thoughts, attitudes, and behavior, we’ve all violated His commands and holy standard (Romans 3:23). This is known as sin, and its penalty—death—means eternal separation from the Lord (Romans 6:23).
What a bleak outlook for mankind! But the Father solved this dilemma by sending His Son to pay our penalty. Fully God and fully man, Jesus lived the perfect life, took all our iniquity upon Himself, and died a gruesome death on the cross. No longer are we condemned for our wrongs, because Christ paid our penalty for sin and gave us His righteousness.
Salvation, which is available to anyone who believes in Jesus and receives God’s remarkable gift of grace, results in reconciliation to the Father. In this way, faith in Christ puts an end to our alienation and condemnation—and opens the door to eternal life with God.
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