What Being Reconciled in Christ Means to Me

What Being Reconciled in Christ Means to Me

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:1-2, 6:23

     Grateful. Thankful. A gift.

Unearned. Undeserved.

Freedom. Strength. Confidence. Safety. Assurance.

These are the words that come to mind when I think about what it means to be reconciled in Christ through faith. Being reconciled in Christ is something that I am grateful for. I am so thankful that God provides a way through the death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord that I can be made acceptable to Him. This gift of Jesus Christ to all mankind provides a way for us to be forever forgiven of our human sinfulness. Since this act is a gift, it is completely unearned; the award of this forgiveness is entirely undeserved. We can do nothing to earn or deserve His “grace in which we now stand.”

As I live each day, I enjoy the freedom from guilt and shame that would otherwise dominate my thinking as I am reminded of acts in my past that created separation between me and a Holy God. Jesus is also our source of strength. As Paul exclaims in Philippians 4:13, “ I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Because of all these truths, we can have confidence. Since God loves us enough to provide the sacrifice of His Son, which allows us to become reconciled to Him in spite of the lives we have lived, we can have assurance to live life in safety where we are free from the fear of being taken out of His kingdom. We have “eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” and can live that reality today and forevermore!

Today’s Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for providing the way so that we may be reconciled to You.  Help us today to remember what You have done and what being reconciled to You truly means lived out in our daily lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Mike Hartwick

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