Dear Lord, There is a war going on for the souls of my family. I will not be silent about this! Lord, I pray for the salvation of my family. Lord, my children know You. I pray that they will learn to crave You without me talking with them first. I pray that they will learn to stand strong in the face of the storms in life. When people knock them down, I pray that they stand up even stronger in You than before. I pray that they show love instead of revenge on those who hate them. I pray that their lives will show Jesus to this dark world. We are in a battle and I will not back down! I commit this day to You, Lord. Give me strength to persevere through any troubles that come my way today. It is time to rise above the sin that comes at me and shove it to the wayside. Sin has no place in my heart or mind, Lord! If I fall today, I pray for Your patience with me. I am a sinner and I do not want to sin! I praise Your Name, Lord! I love You!
Today, I realize I have value to God.
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold … but with the precious blood of Christ
(1 Peter 1:18,19)
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The Higher the Price, the Greater the Value
God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:18-19
SEVERAL CENTURIES AGO, a Protestant scholar named Morena was forced into exile in Lombardy, Italy. Living in poverty, he fell seriously ill and was taken to a hospital for the poor. The doctors, assuming that Morena was uneducated, began speaking in Latin among themselves at his bedside. They said, “This worthless creature is going to die anyway, so let us try an experiment on him.”
Morena, of course, knew Latin almost as well as his native language. Summoning his strength, he raised himself up and said to the surprised doctors, “How can you call ‘worthless’ someone for whom Christ died?” Touché.
Our society uses a multitude of methods to determine a person’s value:
By God’s estimation, you were worth the death of his Son. While you were stuck in your sin, there was nothing about you to attract God to you or to cause him to send his Son to die for you. You weren’t righteous. You weren’t moral. You were a sinner, the total opposite of the perfect Lamb. But God saw you as lovable, and your value skyrocketed when Jesus gave up his life for you.
No matter what your value is to others in earthly terms, you are eternally priceless because of the ransom the Father lovingly paid for you.
REFLECT: Why are all people worthy of being treated with respect? What does that have to do with respecting yourself?
PRAY: Ask God to flood you with an understanding of your value to him.
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