Romans 5:15 (ESV) But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
DEVOTIONAL FOR ADULTS
Fasting and praying around the grace of God is so life-giving. Your sins and your past and the mistakes you have made and the shortcomings in your life do not define you! When you walk in God’s grace, it is the righteousness of Christ that now defines you. That alone is worth endless praise and thanksgiving to God! The old person you once were is not who you are. You are a new person in Christ. That is who you are. And being (who you are ), always precedes doing (what you do, or don’t do).
If we walk in grace, it also defines how we engage the world, whether people at school, work, or anywhere in society. We walk in grace and so we extend grace.
Grace, the kind we learn from God, is a key to any type of reconciliation, and that includes racial reconciliation. This is easy to remember since the word “race” is conveniently included in the word “grace.” A people seeking to bridge deep racial divides must constantly and generously heap grace upon grace upon grace. Like water to douse the fiery division, grace must rain down from every direction.
Let’s fast and pray toward that type of reality.
DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTH
Grace is such a powerful thing! When Jesus died and rose again it opened the way for Grace that allows us to walk in a completely new way of life! Grace is God’s power working in you to walk out the life He calls you too. His word is full of promises of how we can walk in freedom, purity, holiness, power, authority. The list goes on and on! However, when we live according to our own strength and desire, it is impossible for us to walk in all that God has for us. What do I mean? You can walk through life and white knuckle your way through sin, love, compassion, self-worth, the list goes on and on. Or, you can say it’s not through my strength (if we are being honest, it’s never through our strength anyways) and we can give Christ control. When we realize that Jesus’ death brought righteousness and Grace, it allows us to truly walk in this new life that he paid for. As you continue to fast, allow the Lord to highlight areas in your life where you have not let his grace in. Areas where you are trying to hang on to and fix or manage with your own strength and power. In this portion of the fast, I encourage you to take 5 minutes (set a timer if you need too) and sit in silence. You and him. Ask him what areas have I “white knuckled it”, where have I tried to carry the weight, decisions, and controlled the path. As you fast and pray, watch as God’s grace empowers you to walk in peace, freedom, and authority like you never thought was possible! Where you can let go and release, knowing he will take care of you.
DEVOTIONAL FOR CHILDREN
Hey Kids! The Bible says in Romans 5 that God’s grace is a “free gift” to everyone who believes. What do you do when you receive a gift? You hold out your hands and accept it- You should then be grateful and say THANK YOU for that gift! You don’t have to earn God’s forgiveness and His love by doing all kinds of important things. He gives it to you as a gift, because he loves you like crazy. How cool is that? That is what GRACE means! To receive something even when you don’t deserve it. Now, because he gives you the gift of grace, shouldn’t you do that to others? Of course! It may look like this: If a friend is mean or rude, God wants you to show kindness. If a family member is impatient with you, God wants you to show patience (even if it seems impossible). So, today don’t forget to give the gift of grace to others even when they don’t deserve it-Just like God does for you!