Monday, December 07, 2015

My Identity in Christ #6 - I am reconciled to God


Now that my Bible Study group has finished Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study, I need to keep moving in the right direction.  Continuing the series of blog posts taken from the list Priscilla included in her 6th week of Bible study regarding our identity and inheritance in Christ.  I pray these reflections will open your eyes to how much God loves you.  Read them as if you wrote them.  Meditate on them.  God bless you.

I am reconciled to God - My Identity in Christ

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines reconciled as “Brought into friendship from a state of disagreement or enmity; made consistent; adjusted.”  So, by definition, we were God’s enemies when we were brought into friendship with Him.  How did this happen?  Romans 5:11 plainly tells us that Christ is responsible for this reconciliation.  Researching this piece of my identity got me thinking about whether I’ve ever experienced this change in relationship status with anyone else.  Sure, I’ve experienced a form of reconciliation with some people I’ve been at odds with.  But I’ve never been reconciled to another human being as completely as I have been to God.  I wonder if this is just impossible for people to achieve this side of Heaven.  Or is it my own hardness of heart and lack of forgiveness?  Might it be possible to reconcile with the family member that has hurt you so often you don’t really want to deal with them anymore?  What about the co-worker who talks about you behind your back?  How about the person you thought was a friend who suddenly began to bully you?  These situations are difficult and I struggle with them because I’m very often ungodly.  But today as I meditate on this aspect of my identity in Christ, I am reminded that…

I was God’s enemy.  Now I am His friend.  Jesus made this reconciliation possible.  When He offered it, I simply accepted it.  Thank You, Jesus!

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