What if you saw that an accident was about to happen that would involve you and the one person you care most about in this world and that it would result in the loss of life, but you see a way that you could save your loved one, however, it would mean the loss of your life. An act of sacrifice would mean that your loved one could go on living. That is what Jesus was thinking about when He went to the cross to give up His life (Luke 23:26-49). His sacrificial act was carried out on your behalf.
We are all on death row, and there is only one way out. Jesus.
Scripture is clear about how we are to be saved: When we trust in the Savior’s atoning sacrifice on our behalf, we don’t simply add Jesus to our life – a new nature replaces the old sinful one, and we become a brand-new creation. Jesus completely exchanges His life for our deadness.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 21, 2021.
Belief in the Lord Jesus, in who He is and in what He did on our behalf, isn’t just intellectual acknowledgement but complete abandonment of ourselves to Him.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 28, 2021.
What does the cross mean to you? Many people in the world today view it as a symbol of Christianity, but think about what it represented in Christ’s day. Nobody wore a miniature cross around the neck or displayed one in a place of worship. The cross was a tortuous means of execution, and the mere thought of it was repulsive.
Yet believers throughout the ages have chosen this as the sign of their faith. In fact, to remove the cross from our teaching and theology would leave nothing but an empty, powerless religion. How could anyone be saved if Christ had not been crucified and resurrected? According to Scripture, there can be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). Christ had to bear the punishment for our sin in order for God to grant us forgiveness.
Every time you see a cross, remember what it really was – an instrument of execution. Then thank Jesus that He was willing to be crucified so the Father could forgive you of sin. Though the scene of your redemption was horrendous, Christ turned the cross into a place of great triumph. For more about Jesus and His gift of salvation: https://wordpicturesbydlink.wordpress.com/jesus/
Commentary by Charles Stanley, from the In Touch devotional, April 3, 2021. https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions
Spiritual blindness can lead us to offer everything to God except what He wants – a spiritual commitment of the heart.
God doesn’t want us to retreat from the world and focus on ourselves in times of crisis or instability. This is our opportunity to give hope to others through the message of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, February 10, 2021.
We hear a lot about love in books, songs, and conversations, and we can lose sight of its spiritual dimensions. Believers must remember that God’s love is of a much higher caliber – it is the starting point of our salvation. If He had not loved us first (1 John 4:10), we’d be destined for eternal consequences rather than eternal life. Never let the world’s shallow concept of love rob you of the wonder of being a recipient of God’s divine love, which transforms us from enemies to heirs.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 12, 2021.