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Time with God - January 20

Thursday, 20 January 2022

1 Peter 1:18-21

"...knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God."

Your true value is seen in what God was willing to pay for your freedom!

Regardless of whether or not you value yourself, acknowledge this: God values you. Look in the middle of the passage above. "[Jesus] was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you..." He came into this world "for the sake of you." In this passage, Peter writes off silver and gold as "perishable things" and says these were not what God paid for your rescue. Rather he paid "with precious blood...the blood of Christ".

There is no way you can read this passage and miss God's message to your heart today: "I value you so highly!"

If today you don't feel love from anybody else-even if you despise yourself-I encourage you to say, out loud, right now, "God loves me!"

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