Daily Devotion, June 30, 2020 -The Power of Reconciling

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Devotion: June 30, 2020
Reading: Colossian 1:9-23
The Power of Reconciling

I love to hear stories about reconciliation. To reconcile means to come back together again and be satisfied with one another. There is nothing sadder to me than broken relationships when two people stop speaking to one another over what appear to be irreconcilable differences. But thanks be to God, all things are possible with God and we should be in constant prayer to the only One who has the power to reconcile. In fact, God created us to be in relationship with God as well as created two human beings so that they could be in relationship with one another. We were made for God to love us and for us to love one another. However, with one act of disobedience, sin entered the world and we were separated from God due to sin. But even when humanity failed to be obedient, God’s power made reconciliation possible.

Despite our sin, God never stopped rescuing and delivering God’s people from darkness. God sent Jesus, God’s Son, who is the image of the invisible God, to redeem us and pay the price for our sins. Through Jesus, God rules and holds all things together and humans were and still are able to experience the fullness of God. Jesus made our reconciliation with God possible and we have peace through the blood of Christ. Sin alienated us from God, but by the reconciling power of God, through Jesus, the price has been paid for our sins, we have hope in the gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. God’s power and rulership is not one of oppression or subjugation but is one with the ultimate goal of God reconciling with all creation and providing hope and peace to all people who will receive God's great gift of grace.

This reconciliation takes place so that we can be presented as holy, set apart, without imperfection if we simply continue to place our faith and trust in the Lord. The purpose for our reconciliation with God is to share the Good News to every creature under heaven, just as the apostle Paul did. Have you accepted this great gift of reconciling grace and asked God to fill you with the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives you to live a life worthy of the Lord? If so, are you sharing this Good News with others? If you answered yes to both, are you thanking God for the power of his reconciling grace?

Dear God, we thank you for the power of your reconciling grace and the peace and hope we are given because of your actions poured out through your Son Jesus Christ. Help us to receive this grace and to share this grace so that others may be reconciled with you. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 
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