This Message that Jesus brought to earth -- it is freedom! For those who believe, "we're a free people - free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free either, Abundantly free!" Your plan is that we would have a glorious life. Forever.
It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. (v10-11)A prayer: God, help me speak this message clearly ... so often I make following You sound like 'a set of rules.' You didn't bring limitations or hopelessness, you brought freedom for us sinners! Let me echo Paul's prayer: First, THANK YOU! Second, give us the "endless energy and boundless strength" that comes only attached to a personal relationship with You!