“You were dead because of your sins and because your sin nature had not yet been cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” Col. 2:13-14
An old old hymn comes to mind. “At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light and the burdens of my heart rolled away. It was there by faith I received my sight and now I am happy all the day.” Maybe you sang this at church before.
You and I, brothers and sisters, have been forgiven. Forgiveness came at a cost. That cost came via the cross. Christ’s death purchased our lives. Our debt has been canceled. Christ has set us free.
But let us skip back to the start of our text. The sins YL nature, it must be cut away. God’s Holy Spirit is to fill the void left as the sinful nature dies away. Thus as our relationship with him grows the sinful nature dies off. Thus change happens. We change as a result of this relationship.
I want us to consider today how relationships change us. If you are married, are you different now than when you were single? If you work a certain job now, how has your life changed because of it? Do you have children? How has your life changed as a result of these children? See real relationships change us.
Then consider how your relationship with Jesus has made a difference in your life. Has behavior changed? Have your thoughts changed on certain subjects? Have other relationships changed as you walk with Christ?
Just saying the “magic words,” the sinners prayer, that alone does not change you. It is a relationship with your savior that will change you and it will. If nothing about you has changed since you said those words then what is your relationship with Jesus? If human relationships change us then how much more should a relationship with our savior change us. Yes and amen.
These morning meditations written by Christian believer and author, Patricia Hawkins, who offers these meditations for your personal edification. You may contact Patricia at email@example.com.