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Christ Through His Blood We Find Life

Have you ever been hurt by someone?


Have you ever forgiven someone who never apologized?


Middle school is tough. I know, because when I was in 7th grade I was picked on a fair bit. but that summer I went on a youth retreat that focused on forgiveness. A lot of people were mean to me in middle school, but one kid in particular was worse than the others. At the retreat we all were given a rock and told to pick someone who has hurt us and to ask God to allow us to forgive them. Not to forget what they did, but to acknowledge that we did not have to hold on to the pain anymore. We were told we could let the rock go when we forgive that person. There were a lot of tears in that room as you could imagine. But on that day I forgave the person that intentionally tried to make my life worse.


“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him (Jesus)” (Col 1:19). We know that Jesus is the Son of God and equal to him. God was pleased to have Christ hold the fullness of humanity and divinity.


In verse 20 we see that through Jesus being fully man and fully God that he was able to “reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col 1:20).


Jesus was able to make peace with mankind’s sins against God. He accomplished this not by letting go of a rock at a youth retreat; but by willingly laying his life down and pouring out his blood for us on a cross. His death was sufficient to pay our debts. This is how we have been reconciled with God.


REFLECTION


Who in your life has hurt you?


Have you taken the step to forgiving them?


Have you ever thought that Jesus died for your sins, and he forgave you?


How can realizing that Jesus has forgiven us help us forgive others?


PRAYER


Take a moment and thank God for giving His own Son’s life to forgive you.


How does that make you feel?


Ask God to help you act in the same way Christ did for others. Acknowledge the pain, God can help you heal. Acknowledge how hard it may be, God can give you strength. Remember that because Christ did it for you, you can do it for others.


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