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New Life Daily Devotion - Feb. 9, 2010

  • 2010 Feb 09
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God's Mercy
Revelation 20:11-15

We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

We may wish we could avoid making a moral inventory; it's normal to want to hide from examination. But in our hearts, we probably sense that a day will come when we'll have to look carefully at our lives.

The Bible tells us there's a day coming when an inventory will be made of every life. No one will be able to hide. In John's vision he saw "a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God's throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. . . . And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:11-12, 15).

It's best to do our own moral inventory now to make sure we're ready for the one to come. Anyone whose name is in the Book of Life is saved. This includes all whose sins have been atoned for by the death of Jesus. Those who refuse God's offer of mercy are left to be judged on the basis of their own deeds recorded in "the books." No one will pass that test! Perhaps now is a good time to make sure our names are in the right book. And when we know our lives are covered with God's forgiveness, we will be able to examine them fearlessly.

We can be fearless in our inventory because we have been loved and accepted by God.

 
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