What’s the one thing we all have in common? What is the one thing we all have done and continue to do every day, no matter if we’re rich or poor, sick or healthy, single or married, man or woman, boy or girl, short or tall, pink or purple? All have sinned.
We have all sinned. Face it, we’re not sinless, never have been, and I can pretty much bet we never will be. Ok, I’ll speak for myself, but I have lots of room in my boat for others. Come on, climb in. We have all sinned.
I was reading in Colossians, Chapter 1, verses 21 thru 23, and when I finished reading them, I was very excited. The verses gave me hope, and they rang true with me. Allow me to share them with you now if you have a second.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you have heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.”
Let’s look at a couple of facts in these verses:
1. We were alienated from God, making us strangers to his way of thinking.
2. Sin corrupted us. Does anyone want to dispute that? Nahhh.
3. When we think in the wrong way, it leads to sin. Any dispute there? Nahhh
4. When we’re out of harmony with God, we fail to follow in his footsteps, and we tend to sin more and not less. We can even grow hostile to his standards of living.
5. There isn’t a person alive who is good enough to save himself.
6. Apart from Christ, we have no way for our sin to be forgiven. Listen, you aren’t going to the doctor and getting a procedure to remove the sin. You need Jesus for that, and so we need to trust Jesus to take it away.
More to come.
Tomorrow we’ll look at some other facts about the above verses. In the meantime, here’s some stuff to chew on, and I’m not referring to beef jerky. Although I’ve never tried the nasty stuff, I’m sure someone out there likes it and finds it delicious.
I’ve just been loving these passages in the book of Colossians Lord. They have helped give me some new and exciting insight into the scriptures and my relationship with you, Lord. Father, thank you for love and your grace, mercy, and power in my life. May I remember daily to put my trust in you. With all that I have, I pray these words, Amen.
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