A Devotion May Be Someone's Only Bible

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay. The process of purchasing a first home can be daunting.

All three of my children are interested in purchasing their first home. There are so many things to consider. How many bedrooms will they need? How much are the property taxes in the school district?  

Before they can select the home they would like to buy, there’s a little matter of arranging the financing. Of course, it’s not a little matter at all. There are hoops to jump through. Every aspect of your personal financial life is picked apart: timely bill payments, income, credit scores, and debt verses income ratio.

All of the above issues must be addressed before you hear the magic word, “approved.” The responsibility of being able to qualify for approval rests on us. We are the ones who have to do all the right things and avoid making mistakes. Poor choices can cause the past to haunt you for years.

I have made plenty of poor choices during my lifetime. I’ve done the wrong thing, said the wrong thing, or focused on the wrong thing. And some of those actions had long-lasting repercussions. Some of the repercussions were the result of personal sin. I have owed God a great debt for the sin that has crept into my life.

But the amazing thing is that the forgiveness for my sin has already been pre-approved. God has no hoops for me to jump through to be accepted into His family. Jesus Christ has paid all my debts by His death on the cross for the ungodly. We are pre-approved because of His love. All we have to do is recognize our need for His gift and accept the forgiveness He offers.

Through the forgiveness of Jesus Christ, we have been pre-approved for acceptance by God.  

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Karen Oglesby

Karen Oglesby is a writer and a florist. She and husband Gary enjoy being outdoors as much as possible, preferably on a golf course. She also enjoys singing, gardening, preaching, and spending time with her three children and grandson, Dylan. Karen and Gary live in Manhattan, IL.


  1. Oh what a comforting truth to meditate on today!