Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father do a special thing in us, for us, and through us today. Father, stop us today, for a time, and bring your son Jesus fully into our thoughts. Let us consider what he did for us and what he is still doing. Father, you son suffered and died for us to bring us into your presence. And in your presence he sits at your right hand interceding for us, welcoming us, rejoicing with us, singing over us. Father, how much he loves us! In Jesus's precious name, help us to draw near to you in our day to day habits. Call us back to a daily life of devoting our quiet moments to you. And may we become ever more like your son.
Your Morning Song: "Hallelujah, What A Savior" by Chris Rice
Your Morning Scripture: Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
How do you see God's love for you? Is it an abstract, Sunday morning thing without roots, or gravity, or weight? Do you trust God's love? Do you rest in God's love? Are you daily and desperately dependent on God's love?
Do you actually believe that Jesus actually died for us? Do you actually live like you actually believe that Jesus actually died for us?
One of the hardest things for me to understand about God's love has been my role in this whole thing.
So, he loves me? What did I do? Why does he love me? How can I keep him loving me? Am I sure that he really loves me?
Jonathan Edwards once said that the only thing any of us bring to salvation is the sin that makes it necessary. We have no role, no responsibility in our saving. We can do nothing but respond. We can do nothing but believe and accept and sing grateful praise.
How do you see God's love for you?
In this verse from Romans I cannot help but see God as coming to both rescue me and defeat me. His love hunts and pursues and fights for and grabs ahold of...me.
Too often we make our walk with God about what we can do, what we are doing. Our walk with God is founded and grounded not in what we can do, but in what he has done. May we rest and rejoice!
May we be known as the rescued and defeated.
May we be known as those who rest in God's pursuing love.