Genuine salvation always results in transformation. When we receive Jesus as our personal Savior, He comes to live within us through the Holy Spirit. Our old way of life no longer fits our new identity, and the Spirit works within us to make us more like Christ.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 21, 2019.
If animal’s blood could actually erase sin-debt, we’d still be offering those frequent sacrifices and Jesus’ death would have been unnecessary. Yet we must remember that though the act itself had no saving power, the ritual of sacrifice was God’s idea (Leviticus 4). He established such offerings as a powerful illustration of the seriousness and penalty of sin. The practice also pointed to Christ’s perfect sacrificial death on our behalf and the salvation He offers.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 27, 2019.
It’s important for us to recognize that even the strongest bonds will prove insufficient unless we nurture a still greater one – the relationship we have with our Creator, who loves us beyond anything our mortal minds can grasp. (See Deuteronomy 7:9; Ephesians 2:4-5; 1 John 4:16.) All of the people we share life with teach us something about God’s love, but they can never be an adequate substitute for Him and His perfect affection.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, September 11, 2022.
The Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:3-18) symbolizes millions throughout history who have tried their best to satisfy a yearning for love and completion. But the sense of emptiness cannot be permanently satisfied until a person comes to Christ. We were created to honor and glorify Him, and no other pursuit can bring a sense of long-term pleasure and purpose. When you receive Jesus as your Savior, you never have to feel empty again. His love surpasses all understanding.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, September 12, 2022.
Knowledge of Jesus must be accompanied by confidence that the facts apply to us personally. First, we must own the truth that I have broken God’s law, and that makes me a sinner. Second, we acknowledge that none of our efforts can earn His favor. Third, we agree that Jesus died for each of us and paid for our sins, no matter how terrible the transgressions may be. Fourth, we believe that this payment for our wrongdoing is fully sufficient; nothing else is needed. Finally, we accept by faith that we’ve been adopted into God’s family. The invitation is extended to all humanity.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 24, 2022.
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.