"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins." Romans 3:23-24 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Perhaps the most difficult—and important—kind of leaning is leaning on Jesus for finding peace with God. Difficult only because we make it so. Many people have been kept from finding peace with God because of an independent I can do it myself way of thinking. If I can just be good enough ... do enough nice things.
But the Bible tells us there is only one way to God: Jesus Christ. Jesus has paid the price for our sins. All we have to do is lean on him, receiving his gift of forgiveness, and become his follower.
If you have not yet received forgiveness through Jesus and made the choice to follow him, you can do it right now. Recognize that this is something you cannot do on your own … and lean on Jesus.
Father, I have tried to live a good life, but I realize now that I can't earn my way into a relationship with you. I thank you that Jesus died on the cross for me. I ask forgiveness for my sins in his name and want to follow him in every area of my life. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Authentic Living in an Artificial World by Dr. Mike Chapman. This 45-minute group study gives understanding about what it means to be real. The facilitator's guide includes reproducible group member study sheets and an audio CD designed to help facilitators prepare for each session. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.
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