“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him. (Colossians 1:21-22)
Before we were Christians, the Bible describes us as people who were completely separated from and hostile toward God, acting as rebels against Him and His holy law. Not until we realize that we are broken sinners, completely without hope, can we cry out to God to heal our hearts and save us from sin’s condemnation and our eternal alienation from God.
I fear that far too many people make a profession of faith without first seeing the enormity of their sin and how Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way to pay the penalty for their sin. Without a realization and a conviction over sin, salvation is impossible. It’s like the old preacher said, “You can’t get saved until you first know you are lost.”
God loves to heal hearts. Jesus came to heal the hearts of people shattered by sin and the tragedies of life. His entire life was one that sought reconciliation between His Father in heaven and His tainted image bearers on earth. Jesus’ mission was a rescue mission.
When Jesus comes into our lives, He changes our status from alienated to reconciled, from enemies in our minds to holy, from being engaged in evil deeds to being blameless and above reproach.
When we received Christ, God called off the war between Him and us so that we have peace with Him and can live in a state of God’s acceptance. Our hearts are healed as we reflect on the separation that once was and the reconciliation that now is ours.
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Application of God’s Truth
Sometimes we act lost because we have yet to embrace the reality that we belong to God and do not need to act like we are not His. God longs for you to accept His love. Only then can you have a healed heart and freely love others as Christ does.