There’s No Need to Sacrifice Yourself When Christ Already Sacrificed Himself For You

Have you ever committed a wrong that seems to haunt you no matter how many days, weeks, or years pass? Do you ever feel like you are not worthy of fulfilling God’s calling on your life due to a past riddled with sin? Today is your day of liberation. Prepare for your burden to be lifted. This brings us to our key text coming out of Colossians 1:20 — 22 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:

20 And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight.

In this particular passage of scripture, Apostle Paul is teaching the people of Colosse that, by the grace of God, they have been granted permission to forgive themselves. The same goes for us. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He paid the price for each and every human being of the past, present, and future. In other words, He loves mankind so much that He gave Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. It is not necessary for us to sacrifice ourselves. If the God of heaven and earth loves us enough to extend the gracious mercies of forgiveness, surely we, too, can stop beating ourselves up over the wrongs we did long ago. This does not mean we should not be repentant — turn away from that sin and seek to not do it again. This does not mean that we should fail to acknowledge that a sin was wrong. What it does mean is that we do not have to alienate or label ourselves enemies in our own minds, for our Heavenly Father has cleansed us in His blood. He has blessed us with clean slates.

Have a blessed day!

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