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December 17, 2021 7:00 pm
The school where my son Brian coaches lost the state football title game in a hard-fought battle. Their opponent was undefeated over the past two years. I sent Brian a text to commiserate with him and received a terse reply: “Kids battled!”
No coach shamed the players after the game. No one shouted at them for their mishaps or bad decisions along the way. No, the coaches showered the young players with praise for what could be praised.
Along the same vein, it’s good to know that believers in Jesus will not hear harsh words of condemnation from our Lord. When Jesus comes and we stand before Him He’ll not shame us. He’ll see what we’ve done as we’ve followed Him (2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 6:8). I think He’ll say something like, “You battled! Well done!” The apostle Paul testified that he had “fought the good fight” and looked forward to being welcomed by God (2 Timothy 4:7–8).
Life is a relentless struggle with a fierce, unyielding foe devoted to our destruction. He will resist every effort we make to be like Jesus and to love others. There’ll be a few good wins, and some heart-breaking losses—God knows—but there will no eternal condemnation for those in Jesus (Romans 8:1). If we stand before Him in the merits of God’s Son, each one will “receive his praise" from God (1 Corinthians 4:5).
Welcome to this daily encouragement from Our Daily Bread. David Roper wrote his devotion and totaled well done. The school where my son Brian coaches football lost the state title game in a hard-fought battle. Their opponent was undefeated over the past two years. I sent Brian a text to commiserate with him and received a terse reply. Kids battled no coaching the players after the game. No one shouted at them for their mishaps or bad decisions along the way. Now the coaches showered the young players with praise for what could be praised along the same vein, it's good to know that believers in Jesus will not hear harsh words of condemnation from him. When Christ comes and we stand before him, he won't shame us will see what we've done as we followed him. I think I'll say something like you battled well done in second Timothy chapter 4, the apostle Paul testified that he fought the good fight and looked forward to being welcomed by God wife is a relentless struggle with a fierce unyielding flow devoted to our destruction. He will resist every effort we make to be like Jesus and to love others. There'll be a few good wins and some heartbreaking losses.
God knows what. There will be no eternal condemnation for those in Jesus. If we stand before him in the merits of God son.
Each one will receive his praise from God today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from second Timothy chapter 4 verses one through eight in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge. Preach the word, be prepared in season and out of season correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Let's pray thank you God for rescuing us from being condemned and revealing to us a new way of living that brings hope to a lost and dying world. May we reflect your love and forgiveness to those around us today so that others may see their need of you and find their rescue to in Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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