Monday, February 1, 2010

Daily devotional: I wear the character of Christ

Scripture
And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on the character of Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ.
Galatians 3:27-28 NLT

Observation
The character of Christ comes not by trying to be good and doing what is right but rather by faith in Jesus, and baptism in His name. I am now covered by Jesus' character! And I share a close bond, an intimate connection, with all fellow believers.

Application
Live in the reality of my position in Christ, not trying to earn His favor. And treat all believers as fellow heirs in Christ, regardless of how they look or their position in life.

Prayer
Jesus, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice that allowed me to enter your fold, to enjoy companionship with You, receive forgiveness for all my sins, and to put on your character. What a privilege I have in Christ Jesus to live not in my sinful nature and own efforts but rather in His character! Lord, help me to remember this and not fall back on my own efforts. Help me to treat other believers as co-heirs, regardless of their outward appearance or lot in life. I love you and am grateful for your precious gift of salvation from eternal death into real life now and forevermore! I love you!

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