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I’ve Got Great News!

Today’s Scripture: Romans 5:1-11
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“They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples.” – Acts 14:21

I have seen men and women who are normally the life of the party–able to hold their own and discuss practically anything–clam up and hide quietly in the corner when an opportunity to present the gospel came along.

Maybe you’re like that. If so, let me ask you a question. Has hearing the gospel ever turned a person into a drunk or gotten him on drugs? Has the gospel turned good people bad? Has the gospel turned people from love to hate? Take a few minutes and make a list of all the good things the gospel does, and in another column list all the bad things the gospel does. I guarantee you’ll find one of your lists quite long and the other list nonexistent.

The word gospel means good news. But the way we hesitate to share the message of the gospel would make a person think it was bad news. Consider the words of the announcement made by the angel to the shepherds, regarding the coming of Christ into the world: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

Did you catch those words? The angels spoke of good tidings of great joy. That’s why the message must be proclaimed among all nations, to every creature–especially to those who live in your neighborhood, work with you in the same office, play racquetball with you, sit beside you in a college classroom.

Wherever you live, work, or play, people need to hear the “good tidings of great joy.” A Savior is born! The gospel of Christ is good news!

Prayer

Lord, You are my light and my salvation, and I will express to others my joy in You. Amen.

To Ponder

Failure to speak words that edify grieves the Holy Spirit.

(The Navigators)