OUR DAILY BREAD 21 APRIL 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — Friends Again

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OUR DAILY BREAD 21 APRIL 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — Friends Again

Our Daily Bread Ministries Daily Devotional

OUR DAILY BREAD 21 APRIL 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

( Tuesday 21 April 2020 )

TOPIC: Friends Again

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Bible in a Year:

2 Samuel 12–13

Luke 16

How much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

Romans 5:10

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Romans 5:6–11

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MESSAGE:

A mother and her young daughter are sitting in church one day. During the service, opportunity is given for people to publicly receive God’s forgiveness.

OUR DAILY BREAD 21 APRIL 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Every time someone walks forward to do so, the little girl begins to clap. “I’m so sorry,” the mother later tells the church leader. “I explained to my daughter that repentance makes us friends with God again, and she just wanted to cheer for everyone.”

Simplified for a child’s mind, the mother’s words were a good explanation of the gospel. Once God’s enemies, we have been reconciled to Him through Christ’s death and resurrection (Romans 5:9–10).

OUR DAILY BREAD 21 APRIL 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Now we’re indeed God’s friends. Since we were the ones to break the friendship (v. 8), repentance is our part in completing the restoration process. And the little girl’s response couldn’t have been more appropriate. Since all heaven claps when just one person repents (Luke 15:10), she was unknowingly echoing its applause.

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Jesus described His reconciling work in similar terms. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). As a result of this sacrificial act of friendship toward us, we can now be friends with Him. “I no longer call you servants . . . . Instead, I have called you friends” (15:15).

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Once God’s enemies, we are now God’s friends. It’s an overwhelming thought. And one worth clapping about.

By: Sheridan Voysey

OUR DAILY BREAD 21 APRIL 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Reflect & Pray

How often do you describe your relationship with God as one of friendship? In practical terms, how is your friendship with Him going today?

God, thank You for loving me when I was still Your enemy. I repent of everything that disappoints You and celebrate being Your friend.

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The sweetest and biggest thing to ever happen to you is to make a decision to be saved through JESUS CHRIST. If you have not made that decision. Please make that decision now and say ” Lord Jesus forgive me for my sins and have mercy on me, thank you for dying for me on the cross, take me as your son / daughter and be my father. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME, in JESUS CHRIST NAME AMEN.
If you just prayed this prayer of salvation now, please find a bible believing church where you can grow in the love and the Word of God and fellowship with them. God bless you

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