Day 230

ATONING SACRIFICE

This is love: not that we loved God,

but that he loved us and sent his Son

as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:10

FROM THE FATHER'S HEART
My child, when the high priest entered the holy of holies, he would make atonement for the sins of the nation. Once a year, the blood-sprinkled altar would testify to the atoning of sin. But I became the atoning sacrifice for all time—the once and for all lamb offered on your behalf for your sins so you could have life. I loved you first—so that you could love Me back. But even if you didn't, I'd still love you. I'd still die for you.

A GRATEFUL RESPONSE
Where once was offered a lamb or a goat, a sacrifice needed for sin, You became the atoning sacrifice. Your blood, shed on the cross, covered my sin forever. You were the sweet sacrifice, poured out with love, so that I could find a home in the heart of God.

SIMPLE TRUTH

To find God, let your heart do the walking.

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