Scripture: And when He saw their faith, He said unto him, man thy sins are forgiven thee. (Luck 5:20)
Devotional: Sin has brought us very low, but Christ has lifted us higher than we stood before sin cast us down. Sin took away from man his love to God, but Christ has given us a more intense love for God than Adam ever had; for we love God because He first loved us and gave His Son to die for us, and we have, in His greater grace, a good reason for yielding to Him a greater love.
Sin took away obedience from man, but now saints obey to a yet higher degree than they could have done before, for I suppose it would not have been possible for unfallen man to suffer, but now we are capable of suffering for Christ; and many martyrs have gone signing to death for the truth because, while sin made them capable of suffering, Christ’s grace has made them capable of obedience to Him in the suffering, and in so doing more prove their allegiance to God than would have been possible if they had never fallen.
Sin has shut us out of Eden; yet let us not weep, for Christ has prepared a better paradise for us in heaven. God has provided for us “a pure river of water of life” and a lovelier garden than Eden ever was; and there we shall forever dwell through the abounding grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which has abounded even over our abounding sin. (Charles Spurgeon, Strengthen My Spirit)
Prayer: Thank you Father for loving us and sending your Son to take away our sins. Increase our faith and give us boldness to speak the truth to a lost and dying world. Teach us to love others as you have loved us that they might come to experience your grace and forgiveness. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.