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Monday, September 17, 2018

New in You

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
—2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)

I am who you say I am, Jesus. Because you are my Savior, I have been made righteous by your sacrifice for my sins. I am the righteousness of God because of your love for me. Help me to grasp this truth! You give me power to live a virtuous life filled with honesty and integrity. I am blameless only because you have made me blameless. You took the punishment that was my due, and I am gloriously free to praise your name. There is no limitation in what I yearn to give you. There is no hesitation—no pulling away or erecting a wall because of doubt or fear. I walk in your freedom because you paid what I owed.

Don’t ever let me make light of what you have so readily given. You paid for me with costly grace. Your amazing love for me cost you everything. You tore down the wall that separated me from your Father. You opened the door to His presence. Don’t ever let me demand from someone else what you have already paid. I don’t want to be like the servant in the parable, when forgiven of his debt, couldn’t forgive someone else who owed him. He didn’t get the fact that his debt had been completely erased by his master and was paid in full. If I become as the servant who, although forgiven of his debt, still demands payment, then I am like a Pharisee who doesn’t “spiritually get” what Jesus has done for me. I walk in unforgiveness and darkness instead of the righteousness of God, and pass along my own insecurities to any who will follow me.

That servant was totally free of debt!  I, too, am totally free of debt! Help me to live my life humbly and thankfully in the freedom that cost you everything, Jesus. Help me to grasp only your voice above the thunder of so many vying for my attention. Help me to believe at all cost, that what you have done for me, is a finished work. I am new in you.

©2018 Lynn Lacher

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