Even though we’ve all been created in the image of God, just like Adam and Eve, this has been ruined some by sin. When Adam and Eve chose to sin, they made their perfect relationship with God not-so-perfect anymore. Now, every person that’s come ever since them has needed God’s forgiveness of their sin (through Jesus) just to have a relationship with Him.
You may not think you’ve done anything bad enough to need God’s forgiveness, but the Bible is clear that all of us have sinned and don’t meet up to God’s requirement of perfection (Romans 3:23). It’s also pretty clear that we can be forgiven if we ask (1 John 1:9). We just have to confess (admit that we’ve done wrong) and ask for His forgiveness, and He’ll give it! All followers of Jesus Christ can be forgiven.
What have you done today that you know is wrong? Think about some things and talk to God. Admit to Him that you’ve done those things and even some others you might not realize and ask for His forgiveness.
Today’s memory verse is 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
What is grace? Is it something you say at the dinner table before you eat? We talked yesterday about how God’s forgiveness is a free gift bought and paid for by Jesus. I mentioned how we can’t do anything to earn or deserve that free gift. That’s part of what grace is.
When God doesn’t give us what we really deserve (death, according to Romans 6:23), but He gives us something wonderful that we could never deserve (His forgiveness, adoption into His family, eternal life with Him), He is showing us grace. It’s not just about forgiveness though.
You have special talents and abilities that no one else has. God gave you those when He planned out who you were going to be. You didn’t do anything to make yourself have those gifts, you got them by God’s grace. Maybe you have always been able to sing well. God gave you that talent. Maybe for you it’s an ability to cook really good food without needing a cookbook. That talent is from God. It’s His grace. Many things in this life are not earned and they come from the Giver of all good and perfect gifts, God (James 1:17).
We should thank Him. Will you pray right now and thank God for all of His grace?
Keep memorizing Ephesians 2:8. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”
By now you know what the price to be paid for sin is: death. You also know that because Jesus lived a life without sin, He was able to take your place and pay the price for you. When He died on the cross, He took your punishment. But did you know He also gave you a gift?
In the same verse that tells us the “wages of sin is death,” we learn that “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) We not only don’t have to face our punishment, we get to spend forever with God because of Jesus. The forgiveness that He buys from God makes it so that we can be adopted into God’s family.
We don’t do anything to deserve or earn this. It’s all a free gift from God that Jesus made sure we could get. Doesn’t that just show you how much God loves you? If you put your trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins and repent (that means to turn away from your sins), He’ll forgive you and bring you into His family.
Let’s memorize Ephesians 2:8 the rest of this week. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”
Because of our sin, we were separated from God, unable to be His friend. We had a price to pay for being sinful and the price was death (Romans 6:23). The only way that we could get out of owing that payment for sin was if someone else died in our place. But not just anyone could do it. No, it had to be the perfect sacrifice. It had to be someone who actually had never sinned. So God made Jesus, who knew no sin, become sin in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21) so that we could be right with Him.
When Jesus died on the cross, He took on all of the sin of the world. Everything we’ve ever done wrong was paid for in that act. But, did you know that Jesus did more than just die for our sin? In order to be right with God, a person has to be righteous (that means we’d have to be perfect). Since we can’t be perfect, even after Jesus took all of our sins (We would just commit more sins), He gave us HIS righteousness. He took our bad and gave us His good.
Now, if we trust in Jesus to forgive our sins, we become children of God! We get to be part of God’s family! There’s more on that in tomorrow’s devotion.
Do you have 1 Corinthians 15:22 memorized yet? “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
In this life we have consequences we have to face for when we do bad things or break the law. For you it might be something like being grounded from electronic devices for a certain amount of time until you apologize for something. For adults it might be getting arrested and put in jail for doing something really bad. But God has given an even bigger price to pay for our sin.
In Romans, it says that the wages (that means payment or price) of sin is death (Romans 6:23). That doesn’t mean we just die instantly when we sin, it means the result of our sin is that we end up having to die and be separated from God. This is the same for everyone. No one can buy their way out of it or even do enough good things to be forgiven. Remember the verse from yesterday? Romans 3:23 says that everyone has sinned. Everyone but Jesus.
The good news is that the one person who never sinned paid the price for our sin. He did it in our place. We’ll still die when our lives are over here on earth, but we’ll be with God in heaven if we’ve trusted in Jesus, instead of separated from Him forever. Tomorrow we’ll look more at what it was that Jesus did for us.
Keep memorizing 1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” Do you know what that means yet?
Have you ever heard someone talk about sin and wonder what that means? Sometimes people define sin as the bad choices we make or the bad things we do. That’s a good start, but sin is more than that. It started long ago, with Adam and Eve, the very first people.
You’ve probably heard of Adam and Eve. God created them after the earth and plants and animals and all of that. They were the first humans who ever lived and they had a perfect place and a friendship with God. They talked to God everyday and they were very close to Him. Can you imagine hanging out with God every day? They did that. But then they did something to mess it all up.
God had asked Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from only one of the trees in the garden. You know what happened though? That’s right, they ate it anyway. They sinned. That means they went against God’s commandment. That’s one meaning of sin.
The really bad thing is their sin meant that everyone who ever came after them would be someone who sinned too. That’s called a sin nature. It means we’re all born as sinners and there’s nothing we can do about it. We will all sin in our lives (Romans 3:23). That part of us is another meaning of sin. And it’s for that sin that Jesus had to die in our place. He had to earn back our friendship with God that Adam and Eve messed up, because we can’t earn it back on our own. We’ll talk more about what He did later this week.
How are things going with memorizing verses? Let’s memorize this one: 1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”