Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV®)
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.
Making outwardly righteous people understand that they were sinners in need of forgiveness was one of the greatest challenges Jesus faced during His days in the earth. People today are no different; it’s still difficult for most of us to understand that without Jesus we are living in “the dominion of darkness.” We tend to think of our sins in pretty small terms: “Everyone in my family does that.” “I’m not perfect, but I don’t do anything really bad.” We need to understand that entrance into the Kingdom of God is a pass/fail exam, and God’s standard is absolute holiness―no exceptions, no compromise. But because of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, God has brought all who believe in Him as Savior “into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” Even though we don’t deserve it and can do nothing to earn it, we are freely given a right standing before God. And that is the greatest gift any of us will ever receive.
THINK ABOUT IT
Are there sinful thoughts or behaviors in your life that you tend to minimize? Confess them to the Lord, and think about how you can change your attitudes and actions going forward.
Heavenly Father, I lay down all pride and self-righteousness. I come before You today to ask for Your forgiveness for all of my sins, especially the ones I have minimized and excused. I call each one out to You for Your cleansing and renewal. I choose, by the decision of my will, to forgive all those who have harmed me, wronged me, or rejected me. I set them free today. They owe me nothing. I forgive them, because I am desperate for Your forgiveness in my own life. Thank You for the great gift of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that I may come to You, Almighty God, with confidence You hear and deliver me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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