Daily Devotional from Jen Auer 07-10-23

In today’s passage, Paul is very clear in his reminder to us that God truly hates sin. We must remember “God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus He has created us for a life of good deeds, which He has already prepared for us to do.” (Eph 2:10)

Friends, when you and I sin we are walking in unrighteous ways, which is extremely upsetting to our Righteous Father because He knows that we know better. As believers we should be super concerned that sin suppresses God’s Truth in and for us. God has made His Truth obvious to us through His Word, and He has made it visually clear through His creation that is us and that is all around us. We must remain rooted in His Word, living a life for Christ and not for sin as we are to “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” (Phil 4:4)

Romans 1:18-25 NLT
God’s Anger at Sin

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for today’s honest Truth from our brother, Paul, about sin. Forgive us for when we minimize sin and allow it to take root over You in our lives. Cleanse us, Lord, and help us to walk closely with You today, and each day that follows. We want to be ready to serve Your Heavenly Kingdom, but we must be living for Your Kingdom now. I ask all of this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

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