And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1:20
What peace can they have who are not at peace with God?
Have you forgiven yourself? I’ve met dozens of people who walk around feeling guilty and ashamed about the choices they’ve made in life. But one of the best things about the love of God is His mercy towards us.
There are things in life which happen and help us acknowledge that we are not in control. We can surrender and learn to accept life as it comes. But other times we find that our own decisions have caused and influenced other people’s lives. I have a friend who was involved in a fight as a teen and his older brother was shot becoming disabled. He had nothing to do with the altercation and ended up disabled: it’s almost a guarantee that my friend would feel guilty and ashamed. He dos not have peace in his life. The Bible says that accepting Jesus as our Lord gives us peace with God (2 Corinthians 5:18). Remember in the beginning, the rebellion of Adam and Eve? They messed up too and caused the rest of us to be separated from God. It was their fault that we don’t have right standing with God. We became enemies of God, but the blood of Jesus reconciles us to God and purifies our wrongs. We can be reconciled to God!
Reconciliation: the restoration of friendly relations; unity, agreement, harmony; peace.
Our relationship with God can be restored and we can have peace with Him! In order to have peace with God we must first place our trust in the Lord Jesus and receive what He has done for us. He paid the price for our wrongs! We’ve all fallen short from the glory of God; even on our best day we come up short! We can accept the mercy of the creator of the universe, if God can forgive us then how and why would we hold ourselves guilty? Are we God?
Father God, thank you for your mercy. We know that you don’t owe us anything and we don’t deserve your forgiveness. Thank you for having mercy on us. Today, I present those people who have a cloud looming over them reminding them of the wrongs they’ve done against you, others and even themselves. I pray you heal their hearts of shame and rejection. I pray you fill their voids with your perfect love and grace. In Jesus name, Amen.