Great Joy - Tuesday, July 17th 2012

Romans 5:11

"And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."
NKJV

The Hebrew word for atonement is kaphar which means "to cover." In the Greek, the word is katallage (kat-al-lag-ay') which means "to make one." The New King James Version of this verse uses the word reconciliation, and the New Living Translation reads, "making us friends of God." Christ's death can put away our sins and we can be one with Him. There are two states we can be in; friends with God or enemies of God. What makes the difference? Friend, the difference is made by whether we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior or, in our hardheartedness we have rejected His offer of friendship.

Many Christians walk around all sour-faced, acting like they've been baptized in vinegar. Where's the joy? Christian, you should have great joy because you are forgiven. If you are having a bad day, think about God's great joy of forgiveness and your day will get better. If you are already having a good day, thinking of this joy will turn your good day into a great day. If you are having a great day, hold on to keep from flying!

Psalm 32:1 "Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!" NLT

Life Lesson: We should have great joy because we are forgiven.

Dear Father,
Thank you for forgiving me. I have joy knowing that I am Your friend. What joy it is to know that what I 'cannot do' has been done by Jesus and that what I 'cannot pay' has been paid by Jesus. Lord, help my joy overflow to others in such a way that they cannot help but know who my Father is. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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