Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.
Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
Forgiveness and Fellowship
Jeremiah 31:34New King James Version (NKJV)
34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
There is no possibility of true happiness until we have established friendship and fellowship with God. And there is no possibility of establishing this fellowship apart from the Cross of His Son, Jesus Christ.
God says, “I will forgive you, but I will forgive only at the foot of the Cross.” He says, “I will fellowship with you, but I will fellowship with you only at the Cross.”
Why is this? Because only through Christ’s death on the Cross can we be forgiven and reconciled to God.
This is why we must come to the Cross, repenting our sins and trusting Christ alone to save us. Human pride gets in our way; we don’t want to admit we are sinners, or that we are too weak to save ourselves. Only when we leave our pride at the Cross can our hearts be open to God’s redeeming grace.
When we come to Christ, God imparts His righteousness to us. It is as if an accounting entry has been made in the books of heaven, declaring us righteous for Christ’s sake. The Divine Bookkeeper cancels our Debt!