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Well Done!

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December 17, 2021 7:00 pm

Well Done!

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December 17, 2021 7:00 pm

The school where my son Brian coaches lost the state football title game in a hard-fought battle. Their opponent was undefeated over the past two years. I sent Brian a text to commiserate with him and received a terse reply: “Kids battled!”

No coach shamed the players after the game. No one shouted at them for their mishaps or bad decisions along the way. No, the coaches showered the young players with praise for what could be praised.

Along the same vein, it’s good to know that believers in Jesus will not hear harsh words of condemnation from our Lord. When Jesus comes and we stand before Him He’ll not shame us. He’ll see what we’ve done as we’ve followed Him (2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 6:8). I think He’ll say something like, “You battled! Well done!” The apostle Paul testified that he had “fought the good fight” and looked forward to being welcomed by God (2 Timothy 4:7–8).

Life is a relentless struggle with a fierce, unyielding foe devoted to our destruction. He will resist every effort we make to be like Jesus and to love others. There’ll be a few good wins, and some heart-breaking losses—God knows—but there will no eternal condemnation for those in Jesus (Romans 8:1). If we stand before Him in the merits of God’s Son, each one will “receive his praise" from God (1 Corinthians 4:5).

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Welcome to this daily encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

David Roper wrote today's devotion, and he titled it Well Done. The school, where my son Brian coaches football, lost the state title game in a hard-fought battle. Their opponent was undefeated over the past two years. I sent Brian a text to commiserate with him and received a terse reply.

Kids battled. No coach shamed the players after the game. No one shouted at them for their mishaps or bad decisions along the way.

No, the coaches showered the young players with praise for what could be praised. Along the same vein, it's good to know that believers in Jesus will not hear harsh words of condemnation from him. When Christ comes and we stand before him, he won't shame us. He'll see what we've done as we followed him. I think he'll say something like, you battled, well done. In 2 Timothy chapter 4, the Apostle Paul testified that he fought the good fight and looked forward to being welcomed by God. Life is a relentless struggle with a fierce, unyielding foe devoted to our destruction. He will resist every effort we make to be like Jesus and to love others.

There'll be a few good wins and some heartbreaking losses. God knows, but there will be no eternal condemnation for those in Jesus. If we stand before him in the merits of God's son, each one will receive his praise from God. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from 2 Timothy chapter 4 verses 1 through 8. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge. Preach the word.

Be prepared in season and out of season. Correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight.

I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Let's pray. Thank you, God, for rescuing us from being condemned and revealing to us a new way of living that brings hope to a lost and dying world. May we reflect your love and forgiveness to those around us today so that others may see their need of you and find their rescue too. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening. I'm Steven, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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