Saturday’s Military Devotional – Sacrifice for Others

For years I have seen the following all over social media: Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you ...As someone retired from the US Army I fully understand the meaning behind this, and while the sacrifice made by members of the Armed Forces for our Freedom can never and should never ever be minimized, that of Christ far exceeds it. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8


CONTEXT: 
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ROMANS 5:6-8 
Porque Cristo, cuando aún éramos débiles, a su tiempo murió por los impíos. Ciertamente, apenas morirá alguno por un justo; con todo, pudiera ser que alguno osara morir por el bueno. Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros. (RVR 1960) 

Why do I say Christ’s sacrifice far exceeds that of any service member, let me break it down.  

v.6 Is saying that while we were totally incapable of making a right(eous) decision. An analogy would be, like being wounded on the battlefield and unable to self extract from the fields of fire, scary crap to say the least. In other words we are POWERLESS. 

v.7 – It maybe easy to understand or see yourself running to the aid of someone you know to be a “good” person in need. Yet how many of us would or know someone who would run to a person of questionable character in need? Would we hesitate to die for a person we didn’t like or thought was morally lacking or beneath us? Note as an Army Medic we didn’t have this choice. 

v.8 – 

But God,  sometimes little words in the bible have so much meaning, here is and example, it forces us to think and comprehend that God took action that was contrary to Human Nature. 

Commendeth his love toward us, what was that action, God loved us, now that on the surface is no big deal, but God did it 

while we were yet sinners, that is while we hated God, it was not that He  thought we were morally lacking, He knew it and still He loved us. We ( all mankind) deserves a wrathful judgement for our sinful and immoral nature. God chose LOVE. Would you have? Doubtful! 

Christ died for us, Christ while  we were morally corrupt and powerless died for our soul. Our eternal (forever) life. His sacrifice was sufficient for all mankind those who on the surface act in a “good” manner and those who are morally corrupt. 


I encourage you to read one of these devotionals daily for the next week. 

 

 

 

Assured by Love

God’s Display of His Love

A Condition for Forgiveness

Justified by His Blood

God’s Love for the World

Encourage One Another


Today’s Questions

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Sacrifice for Others?

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Christ Died for Us

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While we were still helpless [powerless to provide for our salvation], at the right time Christ died [as a substitute] for the ungodly. Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die. But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for usTherefore, since we have now been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin] by His blood, [how much more certain is it that] we will be saved from the [a]wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today]. (AMP)

Porque Cristo, cuando aún éramos débiles, a su tiempo murió por los impíos.Ciertamente, apenas morirá alguno por un justo; con todo, pudiera ser que alguno osara morir por el bueno. Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros. Pues mucho más, estando ya justificados en su sangre, por él seremos salvos de la ira. 10 Porque si siendo enemigos, fuimos reconciliados con Dios por la muerte de su Hijo, mucho más, estando reconciliados, seremos salvos por su vida. (RVR1960)

 

Today’s Sunday’s Sermon comes from:

Freddy Fritz Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church, Tampa, Florida 33647

God’s Love Demonstrated – SermonCentral.com

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY –15 & 16 August

TRANSGRESSORS

The way of transgressors is hard – Proverbs 13:15

Sin is the womb of our sorrows and the grave of our comforts. – Thomas Watson

Stayers are evermore sufferers for it. – John Flavel

WEAK CHRISTIANS

He [David] is weary and weak handed – 2 Samuel 17:12

Many are sickly and weak among you and many sleep – 1 Corinthians 11:30

The weak Christian is willing to live and patient to die; but the strong, patient to live and willing to die. – John Boys

There is no place for loose stones in God’s edifice. – Joseph Hall

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent, “Walking with God”, daily devotional. The topics are
“THE HOLINESS OF GOD” And “GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS”

The Cross “✟” or the cross “❌”

by Steve Rebus

I am saddened…..No grieved to see just how many “professing Christians” have filled Facebook, Twitter and the rest with endless ramblings on where we need to put the cross “❌” on our ballot papers, Without mention of THE CROSS “✟” on which our whole Salvation and Hope is vital!

Have we really elevated politics to a Saviour level?

Continued at Source: The Cross “✟” or the cross “❌” 

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 22 March

     REPENTANCE AND PARDON

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. – Isaiah 55:7

Though God promise forgiveness to repenting sinners, yet God promiseth not tomorrow to repent in. – George Swinnock

              Upon the two hinges of faith and repentance do all the saving promises of the Bible hang. – George Swinnock.

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God” daily devotional.

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 28 February

p-day-byTHE DEVIL’S CAPTIVES

 Taken captive by [the devil] at his will – 2 Timothy 32:26

 The sinner’s heart is the devil’s mansion house. – Thomas Watson

 Where Satan hath dwelt long he will hardly be removed. – George Swinnock

 Those that want legs to go in goodness, can find wings to fly in wickedness. Thomas Fuller

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God” daily devotional.