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– Colossians 1:21-22 (NIV)
That is for sure. What is for sure? At one time I was living as your enemy. I thought, said and did what was evil in your sight. I lived for my own comfort and pleasure. I went my own way and did my own thing. I had no time for you. I had no desire for you. I had no thought of you. I did not want or need you in my life. What happened? Well, I can tell you that I was sadly mistaken. Life without you is meaningless. Life without you has no purpose. Life without you has no direction. Without you, I wandered to where I shouldn’t have gone. Without you, I did what I should not have done. Without you, there is only one place my life could end up. Without you, my life ended up being bruised and battered and broken. That is the certain result of living a dark and sin-filled life apart from you. A life of sin pays its own wages. Those wages are a bruised and battered and broken life that will one day end in death and final and permanent separation from you. That’s true.
But you would not leave me in that condition. You would not let me live a life without you. You pursued me. You sought me out. You would not let me go. No, I would not. So, when I had reached the end of the road, you gave me somewhere to turn. You gave me a hope to have. You gave me words to pray. You put a cry in my heart and mind and life that you would hear and answer. Yes, I did. What hope did you have? What cry was in your heart? What prayer did you pray? I cried out to you. I asked you to show yourself to me. I asked you to rescue me from a life without you. I asked you to forgive my sin. I asked you to cleanse my unrighteousness. I asked you to come into my heart and mind and life. I said that I wanted you to be the Savior and Lord of my life. I told you that I would follow you to wherever you led me. I told you that I would do whatever you asked of me. Did I hear and answer every one of your prayers? Yes, you did. That’s right. You have been forgiven of all your sins. You have been cleansed of all your unrighteousness. You are holy in my sight. I have healed your bruised and battered and broken life. I am your Savior and Lord. I am leading and guiding you. You are now following me and living the new life that I have given you to live. Yes, I am. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, there is no doubt I was a rebellious sinner completely alienated from you. I thought, said and did what was evil. But, you sought me out and rescued me from a life without you. You died for my sins, reconciled me to God and gave me a new life to live. Amen
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