It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion. Over the next 12 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”. Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.
Here is day twenty-one with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, can be forgiven.
I Am Forgiven
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.“
Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV)
Is it easy or difficult for you to forgive others? How about forgiving yourself? Are there things that you expect from someone before you are willing to forgive them? What role does repentance play in our forgiveness of others? In our forgiveness from God? Is our willingness to forgive others related to our forgiveness from God? Should it be?
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I hate to be the one to let the cat out of the bag, but people can be mean and cruel, making it difficult to forgive them. When that happens, it is important to remember where we were in relationship with God before we received forgiveness in Christ. As you pray, ask God to help you to turn away from all sin in your life and seek forgiveness from Him. Pray for the courage to forgive yourself and others with the same complete forgiveness that you have in Christ. Pray that you would accept the repentance of others, even when it seems incomplete, with the same eagerness God accepts your repentance. Pray that the people around you would know forgiveness.