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You are my Judge | Week of November 16

2 Corinthians 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

From the sermon series: Who do you say that I am?

In this chapter, Paul instructs the Corinthians that their earthly lives are temporary. Yet, even though believers are not yet dwelling with God, they still desire to please Him in this life, glorifying Him in their words and actions.

We decide to live our lives according to the will of God because of our love for Him. The good works we do are the result of our love, and it is by our love that we will be judged by God. Our desire for salvation should not be our motivation for our works. Not only because this would be wrong, but also because we can’t save ourselves. Only Christ has the power to save us. Paul emphasizes this in his letter to the Ephesians: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Salvation is a gift from God, and because we know He is gracious and wants us to be saved, we have hope for our future.

Journal Prompt: Why does God’s grace and love motivate you to do good works?

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