Title: Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice!
1. Luther once said, "I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people joyful; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor." What is your favorite hymn or praise song? Can you think of a time when music and praise gave you joy and helped "drive away the Devil?" How can hymns and praise songs help us to learn about God?
2. In Romans 3:28 we read, "For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law." God gives us forgiveness not because of our works, but rather because of our faith in Him. Even more amazing, God is the one who creates faith within us! Why is this such good news for us? If God's forgiveness depended on you being perfect what would your chances be?
3. In John 8:36 Jesus says, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." Praise God that He has set us free from slavery to sin, death, and the power of the devil! I invite you to take a moment to reflect on what how you have seen God's grace and forgiveness in your life and how it has set you free from both sin and guilt.