Welcome to week two of Reconciled. Last week we learned all about the God who reconciles us. I don’t know about you but I feel so thankful that God chose to reconcile us out of love. I also am grateful for the grace he gives for my weaknesses! This week we are going to look at what it means to have a reconciled spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NIV says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:”
God so desperately longs to reconcile his children to himself. He is constantly pursuing and calling out to us. God longs to reconcile every single part of our lives and he starts with our Spirit at Salvation.
We are spiritual beings with three distinct parts: Spirit, Soul and Body.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 NIV says “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The first area that has to be reconciled is our Spirit through salvation. Our salvation was a free gift from the Lord out of his uncontrollable love for us.
Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV says “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
In verse 1 it says “As for you, YOU were dead in your transgressions and sins.” What areas of your life were dead because of your sin?
Can you remember what your life looked like before Christ? What are some of the feelings associated with a life dead in it’s transgressions?
Why did God make us alive in Christ?
I’m so thankful for the great love of God. I’m thankful that he reconciled me, not because of me, but because of his love. If my salvation relied on how good I could be,
I would fail miserably. This week allow the Lord to remind you of the love he had for you at the cross of Jesus Christ. He died for you. He hung there for you. He endured it all so that you could be free. Let him show you the magnitude of his love for you. Because of his love, we are free.
Today write a thank you note to God thanking him for your salvation.