Thursday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Romans 3
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

3:23 No one can stake a claim to this righteousness based on his or her own obedience, for all people have sinned and fall short of what God demands (see 1:21).
3:24 Therefore, all are justified (declared not guilty but righteous by the divine Judge) only by God’s grace (unmerited favor). The word redemption reaches back to the OT exodus and the blood of the Passover lamb (see Exodus 12–15), by which the Lord liberated Israel from Egypt; the exodus likewise points forward to the greater redemption Jesus won for his people through his blood by forgiving them their sins through his death on the cross (cf. Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14). On justification, see note on Gal. 2:16.

Study Questions:

  • The vow of partnership is this: "I promise our marriage will be about "WE" and not "ME". Regardless of where you have been, we can choose to make this vow today and move forward. What are a few things you can take away from this week's Devos and start to implement into your daily lives and relationships?

  • The Gospel calls us to PARTNERSHIP and PURSUIT in spite of PERFORMANCE. The Gospel is our example. Loving your wife in spite of her performance is an act of worship. It shows the Gospel has taken root in your heart. It preaches the gospel to your spouse, your kids and the world around you. Honoring and respecting your husband in spite of their performance says the same things. There are times in your relationship where you won't feel like doing this. But a covenant has little to do with feelings. Take some time and pray for yourself and your spouse (or future spouse), that you would learn to love sacrificially and honor God and the Gospel by your words and actions.

Pray:

  • That your marriage would be about WE, not just ME.
  • That you would pursue your spouse regardless of their performance.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory!

6. Is the Bible God’s word? Jesus proved He is God by rising from the dead and said the Old Testament was God’s word and gave authority to the Apostles to write the words of the New Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit so that all the words of the Bible are God’s Word.
(Matthew 5:18; Luke 24:27, 44; John 14:25-26, 15:27, 16:12-13, 17:20; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21)

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