Words from the Heart for Monday February 26th, 2018
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (KJV)
The Gift of God
The Lord graciously tells us the truth in the word of God. We must face this truth that we have sinned. The sinful choices do have a consequence. Sin leads to death. Everyone has sinned. The Lord does more than tell us that we will suffer for our sins. He also shows us that He has paid for our sins and purchased eternal life for us. Make sure the people you know find out about this wonderful gift of God.
Every year Buckingham Palace releases lists of gifts given to the royal family while on visits. So it was with the royal visit to British Columbia and Yukon in the fall of 2016 by Prince William, his wife, Kate, and their two young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Among the 150 items recorded by Buckingham Palace are a number of gifts from Indigenous peoples who hosted the royal couple during the trip, including four woolen wraps from the Heiltsuk First Nation for the duchess of Cambridge.
The Kingdom of God turns the principles of the world upside down. For example, the world says that the most powerful deserve our adoration. The kingdom of God says that if you want to be first you must be the servant of all. Here’s another: the world says that if you want to please God, you have to do things to get His attention, or appease Him, or earn His favour. All world religions that have a god or gods teach this. So do Christian cults. You must work for your salvation. The Christian faith speaks about work as well, but it turns out to be exactly the opposite of what other religions teach. Romans 6:23 says this: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Notice what Paul is saying here: you work for wages. The works of sin, of which we are all guilty, is death. You work every day for death. Here is the good news – work doesn’t earn you salvation. It is a gift – simply reach out and receive it by faith in Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.