March 15, 2023

Melissa Degollado
"And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses."
Colossians 2:13

This verse reminds me of the incredible grace and love that God has for us. Even when we were dead in our sins and separated from Him, He made a way for us to be made alive and forgiven. It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we are reconciled to God and given new life.

This verse also reminds me of the importance of forgiveness. Just as God has forgiven us, we are called to forgive others. This can be difficult for me, more than I would like to admit, but it is essential for my spiritual growth and for maintaining healthy relationships.

I am His, He is mine, and He dwells in me.

Realizing I needed salvation happened at an early age for me. I remember the moment I knew I was a sinner and called out to Him. His peace and love overwhelmed me, and from then on, He made me new. Gone is the shame and guilt. Looking back at this childlike perspective, I am humbled by the love and value God saw in me. While the realization of sin was there, I lacked comprehension of the sacrifice. I am now seeing how great His mercies are and how much I lack in extending that to others. Acknowledging my sin and brokenness has allowed me to invite God to forgive, restore, and heal me.

Let us be grateful for the forgiveness that we have received through Jesus and strive to extend that same forgiveness to others.