December 15 – GIVE JOY – Be reconciled

Read Romans 5:6-11

“…But we boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

It is easy to be nice to people who are nice to us. If a person helps us, we don’t mind helping them. If a person says kind words, we normally say kind words back. But, when people are mean to us or hurt us, it seems easier to make them hurt too.

That isn’t the way that Jesus responded to others. He was kind to those who hurt Him. Peter denied knowing Jesus, but the Lord still invited this disciple to serve Him. From the cross, Jesus asked His Father to forgive the very people who were hurting and making fun of Him.

You are also one who hurt Jesus. When you disobey Him, you sin against Him. Rather than treating you bad in return, He chose to take the punishment for your sin.

God wants you to pass along to others the same love and forgiveness you receive.

Give Joy Idea:

Is there someone you need to forgive and reconcile with?

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