Friday, 22 July 2011

You Are Forgiven

Today in my devotional I was asked the question “What does it mean to you to be reconciled to God?” I think this is an important question for everyone to reflect on, whether you are a follower of Jesus or not.

We all have been forgiven, when Jesus died on the cross He took upon Himself the punishment for the WHOLE worlds sins (mistakes, wrongs, evils) and when He rose from the dead He gave us the opportunity to receive life (both now on Earth and into eternity)! All we need to do is trust and believe in Jesus’ love, grace and forgiveness.

Please stop and reflect on this reality: you are forgiven. All you have to do is believe this and put your trust in Jesus.

If you have already trusted Jesus: give Him thanks and praise for His grace and love.

If you have not yet trusted Jesus and want to: pause, tell Him that you believe, ask Him to empower you by the power of His Spirit, and get connected to a group of Jesus followers.

If you are not sure about all this, don’t worry many a great men and women had/have questions before they decided to follow Jesus. I encourage you to seek answers: ask people (me? I might not have the answers, but I am always open to sharing with you what God has shown me), read books, and even ask God! to show you the Truth.

OK so back to the original question: “What does it mean to you to be reconciled to God?”

Everything, it means everything. As I sit here in the sun I rest in the peace that I have access to the Source of life! The Creator of the Universe, my Creator loves me and has forgiven me. I am now free from death, here on Earth (in the form of sin) and into Eternity (hell). I have been given LIFE! right now on Earth (my mind and heart are being transformed, producing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control) and into Eternity (Heaven!). This is very very GOOD NEWS! Thank you Jesus for giving me life, thank you for opening my mind and heart up to this Truth.

Please don’t just race past this question. This matters.

If you are following Jesus it matters because I think the wonder and awe of this Truth can fade and our deep gratitude and appreciation can be weakened.

If you are not following Jesus this matters because I want you to know that you have been reconciled to God, there is nothing you have to do but trust and believe in this Truth.

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