We Owe God

From Adam Clark, Studylight.com

Image – Roger Cole, Bible.com. YouVersion

God sacrificed His son for us. We owe Him. “As the Christian is thus purchased, ransomed, redeemed, he is bound to devote himself to God only, and to keep his commands, and to flee from a licentious life.”

“That this valuable consideration was the blood of Jesus, as an atoning sacrifice, an offering, a ransom, which “would accomplish the same great ends in maintaining the truth and honor of God, and the majesty of his law, as the eternal condemnation of the sinner would have done;” and which, therefore, may be called, figuratively, the price which was paid. For if the same ends of justice could be accomplished by his atonement which would have been by the death of the sinner himself, then it was consistent for God to pardon him.

Nothing else could or would have done this. There was no price which the sinner could pay, no atonement which he could make; and consequently, if Christ had not died, the sinner would have been the slave of sin, and the servant of the devil forever.

Sacrifice Has Many Faces

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Jesus loves us and gave up his life for us, and we are commanded to give up ours for our brothers and sisters in and out of the body of Christ.

In most cases sacrificing our life is not a literal act but rather love is reflected in kindness, patience, tolerance, honesty and trustworthiness. Ask maturing Christians, we should practice these traits as we go about of daily activities.

Suggestion – Jot down which traits you are exhibiting today and their frequency. By the end of the week you’ll look back in amazement,  and see that they are already, or becoming a part of your demeanor.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬