2 Timothy 1:9 My mother has done a ton for me over the course of my life. From the typical mom stuff when I was young to working hard as a single mom throughout my time in high school to take care of my little sister and I, my mom has always done her best to provide for me. Nowadays, I often have the opportunity to do something for her like buy her dinner or move something for her. She always insists on paying me back or making things up for me. Truth be told, I’m the one that is forever indebted to her. She doesn’t owe me anything, but I owe her so much. There’s no possible way I could express how much I owe her let alone even begin to pay her back. The same is true of God. He created us. He still loves us when we mess up. He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross to forgive us of our sins. We owe our entire lives to God. There’s nothing we can do to pay God back for all that He’s done for us. But, in God’s eyes, we’re good. When He looks at those of us who have accepted His free gift, He doesn’t see someone who owes Him anything. He sees one of His children He loves. We don’t have to spend our lives trying to pay God back for all He’s done for us. We just have to accept His love and forgiveness. Because we are accepted by God, though, we don’t have to worry about living up to some standard. Instead, we can point our focus on sharing with everyone around us that God cares for them. We can spend our days caring for others because of the way God cared for us. We may not be able to pay God back for what He’s done for us, but we can pay it forward. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
Reflect: Do you struggle sometimes with feeling like you’re good with God even though you’ve accepted His free gift? Why do you think you struggle with this? Pray: Ask God to help you accept the forgiveness He has given you and to help you turn your focus to paying forward the love and mercy He has shown you. READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Galatians 3]]>