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Colossians 1:14-23, by Pastor Edward Brockwell

Guilt is feelings of shame and failure. It can drive us to punish ourselves in various ways.  People filled with guilt usually view God as a mean and overbearing judge. We feel His anger over sins and that the only way to appease Him is to try to be good, to do good works. However, we only see His standards as impossible to achieve and we have no chance to please Him. Such thoughts bring on a feeling of hopeless about the situation and a sense of dread of what we will experience when we die. For many people, they resign themselves to living in His disapproval. Such people are without peace! Or, the peace that they have is a false one, one that is regulated by efforts to please God, to atone for sin.

Fortunately, today’s text tells us of what God did for us in Christ Jesus! We were once alienated from God and were enemies in our minds because of our sins. But, God, who is rich in grace, sent His only-begotten Son to save us! He saved us from our sins, our guilt, our alienation and hostile feelings in our minds toward God. In Him “we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (vs. 14). “For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach” (vss. 19 through 22).

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