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Colossians 1:21  "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 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard..."

I was once stuck in the mud, not even having the strength to get out until He came and He saw me. He saw how troubled I was even though I had gotten accustomed to it. But the time had come and He pulled me out and washed the dirt away, drawing me to Him not minding that I would smear my dirt all over Him but I guess that’s because He was the only one who was pure and untouched by the dirt. He handled me with grace and cleansed me of the filth that had been a part of me; that I had not only accepted but embraced. He held my hand and kept me steady as we walked yet still surrounded by all the dirt. But because I was (am) frail, I kept slipping and He would quickly pull me back up. Sometimes I would hit the ground not because He was unable to hold me but because I kept my eyes stuck on where I was instead of where He was leading me. Occasionally I would get dirty but He never got tired of washing me and cleaning me up again just like He did the first time. He did it with so much grace and love and each time, I got infused with so much strength and resolve to hold onto Him tighter than I had before.

The mud; sin in all its forms

The mud; evil thoughts, a hostile mind.

The mud; Jealousy, envy, bitterness, covetousness

The mud; rebellion, disobedience, pride

Like me you may wonder, how many times or what will it take until we no longer have to slip? How long? Being in the dirt is exhausting and it crushes our hearts. Having tasted and seen the beauty of God and His presence we want nothing more than to be a source of delight to Him but then there is sin, crouching, waiting to pull you under.Because sometimes, the magnitude of what we used to be can cloud the grace and mercy that is present even now

As I have been reading the book of Colossians, I can’t help but celebrate the gift of the cross and what that meant for my identity. The blessing of reconciliation. Sin keeps us distant from God. Without Jesus, we would be stuck and awaiting condemnation and judgment but today because we know Him and He has a home in our hearts we are being transformed into His likeness as we yield and surrender to Him. We are being helped by the Holy Spirit who convicts, prompts, and nudges us.

Today, you and I are not clothed in dirt and filth,

We are clothed in grace

Today you and I don’t have the stench of sin,

We are soaked in the fragrance of grace and mercy

Today you and I are not reliant on our efforts,

We are under the influence of the Holy Spirit

Because of reconciliation God is presenting us as HOLY and BLAMELESS and ABOVE REPROACH. This is your new identity as one who has been reconciled. There is no more separation and yet this does not come without a change in attitude and heart posture. It does not come without a devotion to the one who has reconciled us and saved us from condemnation.

It goes without saying that we live in a time when the word of God is not hidden. We have many preachers. We are growing to be people who acknowledge God’s word. We have our quiet time. We have Bible Fellowships/small groups. We have seminars and conferences but all these are without profit if they are not embedded in our hearts and if we do not diligently stick to the truth. The world we live in is evolving constantly creating new systems and beliefs which are meant to threaten our faith and if we are not aware and mindful, we may drift. (Colossians 2:6-7) is an invitation to stay rooted and cling to God. His hand is always reaching out to hold us in truth.

Do not let modernization lure you away from timeless truths

Paul, by the Spirit of God, says we are presented as holy and blameless if indeed we continue in the faith, stable and steadfast not shifting from the hope of the gospel that we heard. Faith is seen in our actions and the transformation of one who has encountered Jesus cannot be denied. May we steer clear from the things that alienated us from God i.e hostile minds and evil actions. Let us be transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2) through His word where we grow in the knowledge of Him. May all our meditations please God (Psalm 19:14; Psalm 104:34). May the grace of Jesus strengthen our resolve to put on Jesus Christ and make no provision of the flesh to gratify its desires (Romans 13:14; Galatians 5:16).

What once alienated us has no power because of the cross. So dust yourself and silence the condemning voice of the enemy as you walk in newness (2 Corinthians 5:17) being transformed into Christ from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). You have been redeemed and reconciled

You are light and you are so loved. Stay anchored and keep His light shining through

4 thoughts on “ALIENATED ❌❌; RECONCILED ✅✅

  1. Wow! Just beautiful ♥️ my prayers is echoed in these words …

    Do not let modernization lure you away from timeless truths…

    May modernization not lure me away from timeless truths, so help me God.

    Thanks love, and i love your side of poem💃🥳♥️

  2. I have been redeemed and reconciled. May I live in this Truth!

    This post is so 🥺🥺🥺

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder! ❤️

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