Devotion #155

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

1 John 4:13-15 ESV

In these verses, we have the foundational truth that Jesus is the Son of God and that He was sent to be the Savior of the world. The fact that He sent a Savior indicates the world is lost and in need of saving. We are all broken. You are broken, and your spouse is broken. He didn’t come to save just a few Jews, He came to save the world from their brokenness. Every one of us. Anyone, no matter the depth of their sin, can confess Jesus came as Savior and receive eternal life as a gift of love and mercy from God.

When you accept this foundational truth, His Spirit comes to live in you. When you confess that Jesus is the Savior of the world, God abides in you—He lives in you. The same Spirit that loved the world with such a sacrificial depth that He gave His only Son for you, the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead, the same Spirit that healed the sick and made the lame walk, the same Spirit that calmed the storms and people’s fears, the same Spirit that was peace in the face of mockers, and love in the face of haters…that same Spirit lives inside of you. You have the power within you to walk back into the chaos and be peace, you have the power to face the sin and forgive, you have the power to return evil with good, to return hate and hurt with love. 

Not only do we have that supernatural power living inside of us, we are called to be His ambassador in our relationships as we live here in this broken place.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV

Note that we are not being told we should be ambassadors for Christ, but that we are ambassadors for Christ. That means once we are a professed believer of Christ, every single thing that we do represents God to the people we do life with. Every single word we say, every single action we take, represents God to the witnesses around us. Even when we are sinned against, we must keep this truth in the front of our minds. Jesus was mocked, Jesus was betrayed, Jesus was ignored and insulted, and He responded with grace. If you were to ask your husband what kind of ambassador you have been for God, how would he respond? If you were to ask your wife if you represented Christ well in your last argument, what would she say? God is making His appeal to your spouse through you. How’s that going?

We are all broken and in need of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Fall to your knees in gratitude for that truth today, confess your brokenness to God and to your spouse, and allow His Spirit to abide in you as you abide in Him.

Press on ~ you are loved. 💗

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